Cyber security skills gap could get worse, according to 62% of CISOs

Cyber security skills gap could get worse, according to 62% of CISOs

A study by Marlin Hawk has found that 62% of CISOs think that the cyber security skills gap could get worse over the next five years.

The study, entitled ‘Global Snapshot: The CISO in 2020’, explored cyber security and the role of the CISO by surveying CISOs around the world in collaboration with Vanson Bourne.

As well as many of the CISOs surveyed fearing a decline in cyber security skills, 66% declared that recruitment of senior talent was a struggle.

This was found to be particularly challenging in Asia and the Pacific (APAC), where 91% cited issues with recruitment, compared to 61% in the UK and 54% in the US.

More specifically in regards to skills that are lacking, 34% said that technical knowledge wasn’t at a sufficient level, while 30% said a lack of experience was an issue, and 10% cited the lack of a cultural fit for the company.

John-Claude Hesketh, global managing partner at Marlin Hawk, said: “As the need to protect customer data grows, business leaders have been attempting to work out how best to respond to this new reality, and, most importantly, whose responsibility it should be.

“The constant cyber threat has completely changed the way boards around the world
approach risk, and it’s an issue that every business leadership team has had to respond to.

“The challenge now is for board directors to work out how to value these senior cyber security professionals and integrate them into strategic business decisions, whilst navigating a dramatic global talent shortage.”

In addition, the study by Marlin Hawk found a concern regarding a lack of possible progression among CISOs, with 85% stating that they are actively looking for new roles or that they would consider taking one if approached.

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