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Employing cyber security professionals with the right skills – key for preventing and managing cyber risks

04/06/2014

IT Governance, the fast-growing cyber security services provider, is warning employers that not investing in internal cyber security capabilities today may cost them dearly in the future.
 
Alan Calder, Founder and Executive Chairman of IT Governance says: “There is a huge explosion of the scale and nature of cyber risks. The board room is clearly not paying enough attention to the proliferating cyber threats. Even when they do, directors often don’t know what to do to address these. Few organisations are employing people who understand cyber risks.”
 
In the current cyber threat landscape it is vital that organisations ensure they have the skills necessary to prevent, detect and manage cyber risks and data breaches.
 
The SecureWorld Insight Survey 2013 revealed that 43% of cyber security professionals rate their position as the most difficult in the organisation, while the 2013 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study found out that 53% of information security professionals believe there is a shortage of information security personnel in their organisation.
 
In a press release published in April on the UK Government website, Andrew Miller, Cyber Security Director at PwC, said: “As the average cost of an organisation’s worst breach has increased this year, businesses must make sure that the way they are spending their money in the control of cyber threats is effective. Organisations also need to develop the skills and capability to understand how the risk could impact their organisation and what strategic response is required.”
 
Alan Calder, whose company supports companies in training both technical and non-technical staff, adds: “Organisations should change their mindsets and not think of employee education as purely an expense, but as an investment in their company’s security. With this in mind, if organisations are lacking internal security expertise, they should seek professional help from vendors. Not only can outside expertise be the most efficient solution, but it can also enable organisations to benefit from better information, which in turn can yield more effective safeguards.”
 
IT Governance has developed a complete Cyber Security Training Programme which features courses at foundation and advanced level, and delivers the knowledge required to plan and implement the effective management of cyber security in any organisation. It also ensures that delegates enhance their careers with the awarding of independent industry-standard qualifications from IBITGQ, APMG, ISACA and BCS.
 
More information is about cyber security qualifications is available from IT Governance at: www.itgovernance.co.uk/cybersecurity-training.aspx.