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18 Nov 2015
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The issue of cyber security is increasingly at the forefront of many organisations’ minds, with key questions being whether we're behind the curve in cyber security expertise, if we're fostering the right specialisms or if we even know which specific skills we need to be talking about?
A recent report from the BBC stated that ISIS is planning to unleash a number of deadly cyber-attacks against UK targets and has put the issue of cyber security at the forefront of many organisations’ minds. As a result many have begun to question if we are behind the curve in cyber security expertise, and if we recognise the organisational challenges? The phrase ‘cyber security skills’ is so broad as to be unhelpful. Do we know what specific skills we’re talking about; which specialisms we need to foster?
Last week I had the opportunity to debate this very topic with cyber security peers at the Information Assurance 2015 (IA15) event in London. Addressing the cyber security skills balance requires more than just evaluating a number of specialisms, with organisations needing to address a number of key challenges:
In order to be effective an organisation’s cyber security needs to evolve. Security as a project is not an effective defence against a sophisticated enemy that is constantly developing their methodologies and looking for the next vulnerability to be exploited. It’s a journey. Learning from the mistakes of the past, like Heartbleed that redefine vulnerability and risk overnight are key. So is developing and maintaining the right balance of skills – within the IT team and across the organisation as a whole - to effectively address an organisation’s specific security risks and requirements.
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