Half of organisations lack enough security talent to be secure

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Those thinking artificial intelligence (AI) will steal their jobs need not worry – the software is only filling the blanks, at the moment. And the blanks, at least when it comes to cybersecurity, are quite large.

According to the latest Trend Micro figures, organisations worldwide are faced with an ‘ongoing and often detrimental’ shortage of cybersecurity talent. Obviously, every company needs to stay secure, so these companies that can’t find fitting staff are turning towards AI solutions. They’re looking at automation technology, training programs, outsourcing detection and prevention.

The report is based on a poll of 1,125 IT decision-makers all over the world. It claims that more than two thirds of organisations (69 per cent) agree that automating cybersecurity tasks with AI reduces the problems that stem from the lack of available talent in the field.

At the same time, roughly the same percentage (64 per cent) experienced increased cybersecurity threats.

“Protecting the enterprise from cyber threats is like a game of whack-a-mole,” said Ian Heritage, a cybersecurity architect at Trend Micro. “Not only do IT and security teams have to maintain constant vigilance on their cyber defences, they also have to communicate these risks to business leaders to ensure sufficient budgets, and don their HR hats to recruit the necessary skill sets. The CISO’s role is harder than ever before and the demand has never been higher for automated and hosted solutions.”

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