Organizations Plagued by Less Skilled Staff to Combat Cyber Threats: Study

By CIOReview | Monday, April 20, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: A greater number of organizations are expecting to be hit by cyber attacks in 2015 but yet are equipped with inadequately skilled staff says the latest study conducted by ISACA and RSA in a joint effort. ISACA is global association of 140,000 professionals for IT assurance, risk, governance, and cybersecurity.

The study, ‘The State of Cybersecurity: Implications for 2015’, highlights that 82 percent of organizations believe they may end up as a potential target of a cyber attack in 2015 but concede that their answer to these threats is in a sorry state. A global survey covering 649 cybersecurity and IT managers or practitioners provides insights about the incompetency of their workforce to deal with complex threats.

In the report, 35 percent of the respondents say they are unable to fill the void due to lack of skilled talent pool; 53 percent of the other respondents say they may require a good six months of time to find the right talent capable of securing the organization’s digital assets; another 16 percent believe that at least half of their applicants are qualified to deal with cyber threats.

Threat Landscape
The report suggests four major parties to cyber attacks as observed in 2014: cybercriminals; non-malicious insiders; hackers; malicious insiders. More than half (64 percent) of the respondents also lay their concern on the rise of IoT that may pave for unintended attacks from various new quarters.

“The State of Cybersecurity study reveals a high-risk environment that is being made worse by the lack of skilled talent,” said Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, international president of ISACA and vice president of strategy and innovation at CA Technologies.

“If there is any silver lining to this looming crisis, it is the opportunities for college graduates and professionals seeking a career change. Cybersecurity professionals are responsible for protecting an organization’s most valuable information assets, and those who are good at it can map out a highly rewarding career path,” noted Stroud.