UK Cyber Security Skills Gap Widens Again


19 Jan 2017

UK Cyber Security Skills Gap Widens Again

The rising threat to organisations from cyber criminals and hackers has led to the number of vacancies in the internet security job sector increasing sharply, however, the number of eligible workers continues to fail to meet demand.

Recent data published by the jobs site Indeed showed that the cyber skills gap in the UK is now the second worst in the world. 

It’s A Great Time to Get a Job in Cyber

With the number of cyber security roles being advertised in the UK being the third highest in the world, now is a fantastic opportunity for people to get into the industry. Unfortunately, the skills gap will remain until organisations begin to invest more money into training for their people.

Michael Keen, Head of Cyber Training at PGI said; “The global workforce’s knowledge gap means it is largely unaware of cyber vulnerabilities, causing an unnecessarily large number of avoidable, damaging incidents requiring response and reparation – requiring a need to transform working culture to acknowledge that all stakeholders are potential victims.

The skills gap means a shortage of trained and demonstrably qualified people to respond effectively, be qualified to do so and then being prepared adequately to help mitigate identified organisational risk. PGI help to address these shortfalls by tailoring cyber training after conducting effective training needs analysis and deep consultation with our clients to understand where they are now and where they want to be in an ever evolving digital environment with the increasing challenges of remaining secure.”

 

The Effects of the Skills Gap

 

The skills gap means a shortage of trained and demonstrably qualified people to:

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