63% of businesses are lacking the cyber security skills to keep threats at bay, according to (ISC)².

A report by non-profit association (ISC)² has revealed that the worldwide cyber security skills gap currently stands at almost three million, exposing a serious shortage of talent working in the IT security sector.

Based upon feedback from almost 1,500 ICT workers around the world, the Cybersecurity Workforce Study revealed that almost two-thirds of businesses believe they have a cyber security skills gap. And more than half think their business is at risk of cyber attack because the lack of skills means they’re not prepared for hack attacks.

Security hiring a priority

Although there’s a distinct lack of cyber security skills in the enterprise, the study revealed that almost half of businesses will enhance their workforce in the next 12 years to address the gap. What could serve as a temporary solution, at least in the short term is that 48% of IT staff are looking to become certified in some form of cyber security skills.

“This research is essential to fostering a clearer understanding of who makes up the larger pool of cyber security workers and enables us to better tailor our professional development programs for the men and women securing organisations day in and day out,” said (ISC)2 CEO David Shearer, CISSP.

Lack of understanding holding many back

The report also highlighted reasons why businesses aren’t choosing to progress into the cyber industry, noting that there’s no clear career progression for those joining the industry, businesses don’t seem to understand what cyber security skills are and it’s a big investment to become skilled in the sector.

Concerns have been raised that if ongoing Brexit negotiations break down, or if any subsequent deal fails to cover the highly complex process of cross-border information sharing, it’s likely the UK will suffer from a ‘brain drain’. This comes at a time when the UK’s own National Cyber Security Centre is suffering from its own digital skills shortage, as well as UK security firm Raytheon, which put its vacancy rate between 20-30%.

Source: IT Pro