Our people are our greatest asset; this is the universal mantra amongst organizations who value their staff and reputation, and never has this been truer than in the fight against cyber-crime. If any team has ever been asked to up its game and be one step ahead of an ingenious and cunning enemy, it’s the network and IT security team tasked with overcoming cyber-criminals.
At the same time we also know that there are simply not enough cyber-security experts to fill all the jobs available, and this is a huge issue. A recent article from Harvard Business Review highlights this challenge – stating that there will be more than 1.5 million unfilled positions globally by 2020!
This represents the largest single shortfall in human resource. Quite simply there are not enough people in cyber-security today, and even with the new-hires currently graduating university and college globally the gap is not going to shrink any time soon.
Security teams already suffer from ‘alert fatigue’ and that can lead them to become ambivalent, ultimately introducing risk as they may miss the single critical alert hidden inside thousands of other purely informational alerts.
To meet the challenge we need to think differently, invest differently and adopt new technology, but what does this mean? We hear buzz words like virtualization, machine learning, artificial intelligence. But are they really just buzz words, or can they actually help you to be better prepared for the cyber-threat challenge?
On August 24th at 14:00 BST we are running the next in Juniper Networks’ series of security webinars. If you are interested to hear and discuss this challenge then please join myself and Lee Fisher to hear our thoughts, recommendations and ideas. You can register here.