A global pandemic coupled with a global cybersecurity skills shortage, make these uncertain times for organisations of all shapes and sizes. The shortage of skilled IT Security workers in Europe has doubled in the past twelve months rising from 142,000 to 291,000, according to a recent report. Globally that figure is now over four million. A lack of skilled or experienced security personnel was declared as the number one workplace concern in the same report. With a lack of skilled technical resource inhouse organisations need to seek alternative ways to keep secure.
Skills aren’t the only issue; the threat landscape is continuing to evolve at pace. As highlighted in our latest Global Threat Intelligence Report, attackers are innovating faster than ever, and more recently are looking to take advantage of the current pandemic to proactively target vulnerable organisations. Adding to this complexity is the rise in cloud-based services, mobile devices, big data, and the Internet of Things blurring traditional network boundaries and creating a broadening footprint. It’s unsurprising then that 57 per cent of respondents cited security as the biggest challenge of managing IT inhouse in NTT’s 2020 Global Managed Services Report. Evaluating security postures and dealing with security risks is a perennial challenge, not least amidst constant change. Now more than ever organisations are looking to services providers, calling on their expertise to fill any internal gaps and resource as their needs increase.
The responsibility of managing this challenge and ensuring information assets are properly protected, usually sits with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) but they are in high demand and short supply. As a result, we have seen an emergence of a hybrid approach to procuring security services called ‘CISO as a Service’. Designed to bridge a widening gap in cybersecurity knowledge and experience the service is delivered to organisations by a third party

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