The Hollywood scenario, where people hire ex criminals to do their bidding, as no one else seems to have the necessary skills has been replicated in real life, according to a new report by complete cyber-security service provider, SecureData.
SecureData says more than a third of businesses (34 per cent) would have no problems hiring an ex hacker to compensate for the lack of in-house cyber-security skills. I just wonder how you classify someone as an ‘ex hacker’.
Whatever the definition may be, the situation is obvious – there’s a serious lack of skilled security experts, and businesses need to handle it, one way or another. According to SecureData, 97 per cent of businesses believe data-driven security is a prerequisite for a modern cyber-security strategy, yet almost half (47 per cent) reported a serious skill shortage.
And usually, businesses are completely unprepared for a cyber-attack: just eight per cent feel equipped to produce contextual threat intelligence, yet 80 per cent are responding to incidents in-house.
Almost two-thirds (61 per cent) believe they’ll need to outsource experts.
“The IT security skills shortage isn’t a new debate, but it has now reached a point where it’s critical for businesses to think like the bad guys to stay one step ahead,” said SecureData CEO, Etienne Greeff.
“Firms are moving from reactive, device-led protection strategies, to proactive detection and response, empowered by intelligence-led visibility and control,” adds Greeff. “But a mass of information isn’t intelligence; this raw data must be transformed by people with an offensive mindset and combined with processes and technologies to yield intelligence that’s both useful and useable”.
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