A new study has revealed that the rise in cyber threats had led to a greater demand for cyber security experts. The study found that the number of technology jobs in London has grown approximately 30%, which has led to the widening digital skills gap in the UK. The cyber security space is one of the major areas where companies are most in need of qualified employees. Here to comment on this news is Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at training company QA.
Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA:
“It’s well-known within the industry that demand for cyber security professionals is set to outstrip supply by a third before the end of decade. We recently asked IT decision makers about their key areas for investment to protect their organisations from cyber threats in 2016. Over two thirds (70%) said they plan to invest in hiring qualified cyber security professionals in the coming year. But where are these people going to come from? With cyber roles taking on average 3 months to fill, and salaries of those on the market escalating, organisations will find themselves at risk of cyber attack. However, rather than paying premium rates for cyber talent and waiting long lead times to fill them, we have seen real success where organisations have raised awareness amongst their employees of potential threats and re trained and up skilled existing roles responsible for cyber security.”