Hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results on Thursday and many will be considering what career path they should aim for in the long run. With the skills gap in cybersecurity growing, demand for skilled personnel in the sector has never been higher, making cybersecurity a perfect career path for an unsure teen to choose.
The mainstream media continues to paint cyber in a negative light when it comes to teenagers. It seems that every day a publication is focusing on the issue of cyber bullying or hackers. Whilst these are important issues, they should not be the only focus that the media, and in particular, worried parents should focus on.
Cyber can be extremely positive for young people, they are a generation that is more tech savvy than any other that has come before and most teenagers have grown up using computers. Many can run rings around adults when it comes to their use.
The natural aptitude that many teenagers possess should not be seen as a negative, but instead a positive. The cybersecurity sector for instance is in dire need of those skills. Those teenagers who received their GCSE results will be the security people of the future, they need to be encouraged to use their talents for good rather than be ostracised by society and perhaps end up using their skills for ill.
PGI are doing what we can to educate businesses and organisations of the dangers posed by the cyber threat, but without young people looking to get into the sector that job is made harder.
Workforce of the future
“At this early point of choosing career options, our workforce of the future are considering not just what will be a good career, but also something that is enjoyable, fun and satisfying. The dry language that the industry uses around “Cyber Security” or IT Security is pretty unappealing to a teenager and engenders the type of wrong visions of the profession. ‘A Security Guard without even the benefits of fresh air’ perhaps? We need to bring the reality to life. A perpetual battle of wits and skill, without which bad things will happen to people, businesses, government and society. This is a profession which brings the exhilaration of success and achievement on a daily basis in an innovative environment. An environment that allows its workforce to use their skills to regularly do things no-one has thought of before. It’s pretty much the coolest job around," said Brian Lord, Managing Director at PGI Cyber.
The skills gap in the cybersecurity sector has big implications for the defence of businesses, nations and people. An arms race is underway between criminals and the security sector and the side that stays ahead all depends on the numbers and expertise they can amass.
Cyber Security Skills Gap Needs Closing
As demand is so high many cyber security companies are turning to colleges and universities for talent and in many cases offering jobs to those with the aptitude. Pay in the sector is also good and as the skills gap continues to widen, businesses will have to pay top dollar to recruit the best and brightest.