Beat The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage


The global shortage of skilled security and risk management professionals means organizations will need to think differently about recruitment, retention and outsourcing. Developing your team’s skill set will always remain paramount however this doesn’t solve the gap in resource to advance your security strategies. 


Some organizations have started to think differently and are exploring options for routine security functions to be performed by other IT or business functions through three approaches. 


  • Evolving security teams from being protectors to facilitators 
  • Fully integrating security practices into the fabric of the organization 
  • Sharing accountability across the organization 

Key Findings


  • Security teams often struggle with balancing and prioritizing investments across technology, people and processes, and need guidance in prioritizing security projects that can make the most impact in reducing organizational risk.
  • Security teams incorrectly assume they can successfully implement new projects without first properly verifying that they have foundational security capabilities in place.
  • As cloud computing is rapidly becoming the de facto computing platform for the IT enterprise, more security offerings will become available as cloud-hosted services.

CISOs, IT security and risk management leaders should do the following: 


  • Ensure foundational security programs are mature before embarking on new security projects.
  • CISOs should prioritize projects that can reduce the greatest amount of risk with the least amount of cost.
  • Properly scope projects with a specific business context in mind and well-defined success criteria.
  • Deploy new security projects with a preference toward cloud-based delivery when possible.

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