The cybersecurity skills gap continues to have multiple challenges and repercussions for organizations, including the occurrence of security breaches and the consequent loss of money.
According to Fortinet research, eight out of 10 organizations have experienced at least one breach that can be attributed to a lack of cybersecurity skills or awareness
A significant challenge for enterprises has been finding and retaining the right people to fill critical security roles, from cloud security specialists to SOC analysts, with 60% of executives admitting to having difficulty recruiting.
Meanwhile, 52% said they struggle to retain talent once they are on the doorstep, adding to the ongoing skills shortage in the cybersecurity discipline.
“According to the Fortinet report released today, the skills gap is not only a talent shortage issue, but also has a significant impact on businesses, making it a major concern for leaders around the world” , said Sandra WheatleySenior Vice President, Marketing, Threat Intelligence and Influencer Communications at Fortinet.
“Through the Fortinet Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and Training Institute programs, we are committed to addressing the challenges revealed in the report through various initiatives, including programs focused on cybersecurity certifications and recruiting more women in the cyber.
“As part of this commitment, Fortinet is committed to training 1 million professionals to increase cyberspace skills and awareness and close the skills gap by 2026.”
Addressing the security skills gap
Fortinet also found that resolving this persistent issue remains a top concern for senior executives and is increasingly becoming a priority at the board level.
88% of organizations with a board of directors indicated that their board asks specific questions about cybersecurity, while 76% have a board of directors that has recommended an increase in IT and cybersecurity staff.
Research has shown that training and certifications are essential, with 95% of leaders believing that technology-focused certifications have a positive impact on their role and their team.
91% of respondents expressed a willingness to pay for an employee to obtain cyber certifications, while 81% of leaders prefer to hire people with certifications.
One of the main reasons certifications are highly valued is their validation of increased cybersecurity knowledge and awareness (cited by 79%).
1,223 IT and cybersecurity decision makers from over 25 different locations were surveyed by Fortinet for its Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report 2022.
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