More than 40% of respondents in the latest Twitter poll run by Infosecurity Europe, singled out human skill and expertise as the most important element of a successful cyber resilience approach.
Contractors will these skills could therefore find themselves in higher demand as the number of cyber attacks faced by organisations is growing on a daily basis.
With this and a prediction that 146 billion records will have been exposed in the five-year period from 2018-2023, the pressure cybersecurity professionals are under has never been greater.
Couple this with the threat of regulatory fines, reputational damage and the growing skills shortage – there are nearly 3 million unfilled cybersecurity positions at companies worldwide.
When asked what is the most important element of a successful cyber resilience approach, human skill and expertise was the clear leader with 40.5%.
Next was implementing best practice at 22.5%, and 20.1% said governance and compliance. Implementing advanced technology was considered their lowest priority at 16.8%.
Paul McKay, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, and a speaker at this year’s Infosecurity Europe, said, “Undoubtedly human skill and expertise is the most important element of a cyber resilience approach.
“You can have all of the technology and best practice approaches deployed in the world, but ultimately successful cybersecurity relies on the skills, ingenuity and cognitive ability of the human brain.
“Many of my clients have gaps in their security team caused by difficulties in finding enough people to fill open roles on their teams. This impacts them critically both in progressing their security program, but more importantly, the mental, physical health and wellbeing of everyone else who are often doing heroic work making up for gaps in their teams. I don’t think I’ve ever seen security professionals under this much pressure.”
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