IT job spike must prioritise security

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Following the news of a spike in IT jobs, below a comment from Adam Bangle, Vice President EMEA at BlackBerry discussing why IT teams should be looking to fill cybersecurity jobs.

Today’s news on the widening skills gap in IT roles shouldn’t come as a surprise to the security industry that has been battling this for decades.

What is worrying however, is that this comes at a time when the UK is heavily reliant on defending its systems during the current COVID-19 outbreak. With millions of employees working from home, using personal devices and connecting to potentially insecure Wi-Fi networks, security teams are working round the clock to ensure that, at a time when Britain is more vulnerable than ever, connected technologies do not cause further problems for the safety and security of this country.

Cybersecurity teams are under significant pressure and without enough talent, our defences are weaker than ever.

It is absolutely critical that IT focus efforts on ramping up cybersecurity training courses to ensure we are able to plug this gap. But in the short-term, it is important that security teams rely on intelligent systems as reinforcements. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be crucial in helping to manage the volume of potential threats, spotting anomalies in data and dealing with menial and repetitive tasks whilst flagging potentially serious situations to the team. Automating these repetitive tasks helps to eliminate human error which is often a by-product of understaffed teams.

Tackling skills gaps in IT and security will take time but it is important that we do not lose sight of what really matters – ensuring our security teams are robust and up-to-task in keeping our enterprises, and our country, safe.


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