Good cyber security talent is essential to the very well-being of an organization. Through midyear 2022, overall cyber threats have increased, and no industry or country is safe.1 The reality is, it takes skilled talent to stay ahead of threat actors.
HR professionals and the organizations they support are facing a dilemma. Cyber talent is currently at a premium, with one estimate claiming there are more than 700,000 unfilled cyber security positions in the U.S. alone, and 2.7 million worldwide.2 At the same time, recession concerns may eventually curtail hiring, as businesses cut back on spending, and high-priced cyber talent is being heavily scrutinized. Global leaders understand there is a talent issue in cyber security:
- 60% struggle to recruit cyber security talent
- 52% struggle to retain qualified people
- 67% agree that the shortage of qualified cyber security candidates creates additional risks for their organizations3
However, it’s more than a cyber talent shortage, or a limited desire to source high-priced talent -- on-going skills training for many organizations may also be lacking, but cyber security training is expensive. With so many IT departments short-staffed, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the work, much less complete training. When facing the holistic challenge of both staff and skills as potential sources of risk, CISOs and risk leaders are turning to their HR partners for support. A strong partnership is critical for an organization to develop a long-term, successful resiliency strategy.
Here are Five Things HR Professionals can do to Navigate These Challenges: