IT Security Breaches Set to Change the IT Security Jobs Market

Security breaches 1With attention grabbing headlines worthy of a US espionage TV series, the heartbleed bug has put IT security in the forefront of the public’s mind. A neatly packaged super bug that has its own logo to boot has firmly made its presence felt from State level with the Canadian Tax Authority to the relatively unassuming users of mumsnet.co.uk.

GCHQ has estimated that there are ‘33,000 malicious emails a month blocked at the gateway to the governments secure Internet…often sent by highly capable cyber criminals or state sponsored groups.’ It seems that the actual number of security breaches that reach the public domain is just the tip of the iceberg.

With the rate of technological advances at an all time high, the risk of exposure is felt by individuals, small businesses, large corporations and governments alike. No longer will the public accept that shredding their personal documents and keeping their passwords safe is going to be enough to protect their assets. With repeated security breaches hitting the media, investors and other stakeholders will want to know what measures are being taken to ensure that they are not exposed to cyber threats; as well as wanting to avoid doing business with organisations that have had public breaches of security.

Facing increasing pressure to implement an independent regulatory body, companies will be under scrutiny to ensure that their internal policies are rigorous enough to face the ever-changing threat. According to e-skills UK, there is a shortage of expertise in cyber security, thus the demand for this niche skill will only increase over time.

In an economic environment that continues to see companies seeking to cut costs and increase efficiency, many traditional careers have increasingly fallen victim to off-shoring. However, the very nature of the modern threat to Internet security is that it is becoming essential to have in-house personnel in close quarters, or at least direct access to outsourced talent. IT Security Jobstherefore have relatively high job security.

It is not just the increase in demand for talent to fill the 1,000+ IT Security Jobs that we currently have available that will potentially change the landscape of the IT security market. A recent KPMG report entitled ‘Cyber Threat Intelligence and Lessons from Law Enforcement’ has identified the inability of many businesses to pre-empt threats. It maintains that most companies are too reactive in their approach, with its key recommendation focusing on a re-evaluation on the way that threats are handled; taking cue from traditional law enforcement strategies, creating ‘intelligence led decision making’ in order to ‘identify core vulnerabilities.’

The field of Internet security has never looked so diverse and is getting the credit it deserves by attracting a range of people with different skills into the niche sector.

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