Four Practical Approaches To Bridge Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

March 1, 2023

Companies and organizations have a serious concern about the cybersecurity talent shortage. Businesses are more vulnerable to data breaches, privacy violations, financial fraud, and other negative effects if there is not enough staff to guard against attacks. IT executives have a number of workable ways to close the cybersecurity skills gap. They first need to understand why there is such a talent gap in cybersecurity and why it is still present.

  1. Make talent development investments

The pressing need for more cybersecurity personnel must be addressed right away. Several security leaders are looking to diversify their talent pools by hiring people without conventional computer science degrees in order to fill this shortfall. By filling positions that were previously deemed unachievable, these initiatives are assisting in closing the cybersecurity skill gap. For instance, a lot of CISOs use IT professionals and other nontechnical staff to fill cyber tasks.

The best strategy to maintain employee engagement and motivation and to advance them within the organisation is to make investments in their professional development. Businesses that support their employees’ professional development often see higher production levels and lower turnover costs.

HR and managers must work together to create a culture of employee growth. Ask team members for their opinions and respond to them right away to create this environment. This will show that their perspectives are valued.

  1. Establish a mentoring program

In-house mentoring programs can provide seasoned experts with the chance to guide new hires as they begin their cybersecurity careers, benefiting both parties. Mentoring junior personnel gives them important perspectives and ideas that can advance their cybersecurity careers. Also, it strengthens their dedication to their work and employer, fostering a positive workplace environment. The goals of a mentorship programme must be established before it can start. This will establish the initiative’s operation and enable success evaluation.

  1. Spend money on technology

One of the most urgent issues facing IT and security professionals is the lack of cybersecurity skills, which has an effect on both business operations and the health and welfare of employees. Cybersecurity leaders may close this gap in a number of ways, including by retraining current employees, broadening the pool of candidates, and training and hiring new talent.

Furthermore, spending money on technology that automates and adds intelligence to cybersecurity can reduce risks, ease the workload for understaffed employees, and minimize burnout.

Many entry-level cybersecurity positions demand certification, which newcomers might not be able to obtain. These certificates are typically very expensive and call for a large amount of work experience. Potential entry-level cybersecurity professionals who aspire to pursue a career in security but may not have the financial resources for pricey schooling and examinations have been frustrated by this hurdle.

Fortunately, by providing free certification programs and chances for professional development, (ISC)2 is assisting in resolving this problem.

  1. Create a Training Plan

Businesses that need data security have a significant challenge due to the lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals. Yet there are a few doable steps you may take if you wish to contribute to closing this gap. Provide a training program to give employees the knowledge and abilities they need to execute their jobs well to start.

This could be done through a variety of methods, like in-person or online training. Another tactic is to find students who are interested in cybersecurity and provide them with scholarships or internships so they may obtain expertise. Collaborations with colleges or universities could be used to accomplish this.

As a last option, businesses can hire cybersecurity specialists through apprenticeship programs, which is a good way to fill the skills gap. These people have a range of backgrounds, and some have even had prior expertise in this field.

Ammar Fakhruddin


Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.

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