77% of UK CIOs say skills shortage increases cyber security risk

A new report from recruitment firm Robert Half (Cybersecurity: Protecting your future) confirms that the current lack of cyber security skills in the UK is still a major concern for CIOs (chief information officers):

  • 77% of UK CIOs think “they will face more security threats in the next five years [because of] a shortage of IT security talent.”
  • 34% of them plan to hire extra permanent security staff.
  • 27% say they will employ more contractors in the next 12 months.

Phil Sheridan, the senior marketing director at Robert Half, commented: “In order to successfully confront a proliferating breed of cyber attackers, companies need skilled IT talent who understand the current and evolving cyber threat environment. With a robust strategy in place, companies will be prepared for the future of cybersecurity.”

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Data loss – whether accidental or malicious – can have catastrophic effects for any organisation, ranging from financial penalties and reputational damage to business failure and potential criminal proceedings.

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