Many in HR and Senior Management are worried about losing their top Digital, IT, Cybersecurity, and other technology-focussed specialist talent to other companies who present a more attractive opportunity.   The industry analyst data shows that during 2018 Talent Shortage became the top risk, with the pace of change facing the organizations emerging as the third most prominent risk.   This video provides some insights to help retain our...

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Service Desk Manager: Hi HB, I need another resource for the Service Desk. Digital Forensics Team Leader: And I'm looking for a Digital Forensics Specialist. HasBean: No problem! Create vacancy requests in the new HR system, choosing the required competency from the 8 listed in the system, and I'll do a candidate search. Service Desk Manager: [thinking out loud, while entering data in the system] Hmmm, this competency...

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ISACA have just released part 1 of their 2019 State of Cybersecurity report, which can be downloaded here. Here are a few headlines that yet again demonstrate that it is essential to focus on people and skills, and improve your Digital Skills Management maturity. “Skills gap still not shrinking” “69% say their cybersecurity teams are understaffed” “58% have unfilled (open) cybersecurity positions” “32% say it take...

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skill gaps, cybersecurity

Either you already know your Digital, ICT or Cybersecurity skills issues, or you’re going to find out the hard way!   Where are my risks?   Significant business risk exists from the inability to prevent data loss and Cybersecurity incidents if the people and skill risks are unknown. If you don’t know what skills you have or what skills you need, no gap analysis is possible to identify or...

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Missed skill opportunities HasBean: Hi Sarah, what's on your mind? Sarah: Hi Boss, I just heard that you have setup a new Cybersecurity section. I would love to be included in the team. HasBean: There are no requirements for a Web Designer on the team. Sarah: But I have a background in Digital Forensics. HasBean: Oh dear, what a shame, we just spent a week recruiting someone for that role. Sarah:...

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ISACA, an independent, non-profit, global association for IT governance professionals, publish an annual report of the results of their global State of Cybersecurity Survey. The 2018 version of this report shows that "Skills challenges remain, but are better understood. The skills gap continues unabated. Enterprises still have open security positions, and the time to fill them appears to have decreased slightly." Unfilled security positions “Fifty-nine percent of enterprises...

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skill gaps, cybersecurity

Skills gap analysis should prompt two questions in your mind: ‘are you sure you have the right people with the right skills to prevent hackers from getting to your customer data?’ ‘do you have the right people with the right skills to spot a breach quickly – or will you have to wait until an external organisation tells you that you have a problem?’ Not addressing...

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Cybersecurity threat

The ISACA, 2016 Cybersecurity Snapshot released in 2017, discusses the attitudes of businesses to the US Cybersecurity Act and the threats, issues and opportunities facing cybersecurity professionals. The findings make it clear there is concern about the growing number and severity of cyber threats and consequently, the likelihood of such an attack disrupting critical infrastructure such as electrical and water supplies. Whilst organisations want to act...

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