Bridging the gap between cybersecurity job vacancies and candidates who need training

According to Fortinet’s 2022 Global Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report, surveyed organizations say cybersecurity skills gaps contributed to 80% of their documented breaches. Clearly, the shortage of cyber talent is seriously hampering business productivity and progress. The survey of organizations highlighted in the Fortinet report also reveals that, worldwide, 64% of organizations have experienced breaches resulting in lost revenue, recovery costs, and/or fines.

It’s no wonder the lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals has become a major concern for executives around the world. Lack of cyber skills in the workforce has many negative effects on organizations, including reputational damage and financial loss.

More stats to contend with

The cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 65% ​​to adequately defend organizations. It’s a fact according to the (ISC)2 Cyber ​​Workforce Report 2021. While the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs has decreased by approximately 400,000 in 2021, there are still 2.72 million unfilled positions that require people with the appropriate cybersecurity skills. This is still a significant skills gap that leaves organizations around the world ill-prepared against cybercrime threats. Something needs to be done to address this shortage of skilled cybersecurity personnel, otherwise the world of work in the future will face understaffing and highly vulnerable to attacks from aggressive and ever-changing cybercriminals.

The 2022 Global Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report also found that 60% of executives surveyed admitted that their organizations struggled to recruit qualified people and retain current cybersecurity staff. Competition among cybersecurity talent for critical positions ranging from cloud security specialists to SOC analysts is so fierce that more than half (52%) of the same executives surveyed say they have a hard time retaining valuable employees.

What the numbers tell us

The Fortinet Skills Gap Study also indicates that globally, 70% of executives see recruiting women as a barrier, 71% find recruiting new graduates difficult, and 61% say it is difficult. to hire minorities. All organizations should focus on developing better ways to recruit women, recent graduates and minorities.

Growing the pool of candidates to fill cybersecurity vacancies by proactively pursuing those from underrepresented communities is a great method to bridge the gap. The report provides evidence that organizations are doing more than just talk to build more diverse teams:

  • 89% of companies surveyed have explicit diversity goals as part of their recruitment strategy.
  • 75% of these organizations have formal structures to specifically recruit more women.
  • 59% of these organizations have strategies in place to hire minorities.
  • 51% of these organizations are focused on hiring more veterans.

In addition to proactively recruiting people from underrepresented communities, training and certifications are another method to expand the pool of cybersecurity candidates. The report also reveals that providing employees with ongoing training and rewarding them for their efforts are effective ways for organizations to address the skills gap. The report says that:

  • 95% of organizations surveyed believe technology-focused certifications have a positive impact.
  • 81% of these organizations prefer to hire people with certifications.
  • 91% of respondents said they would be willing to pay for an employee to receive cybersecurity certifications.

Something must be done

Fortinet is committed to addressing the issues described in the Skills Gap Report. The Fortinet Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and Training Institute programs are initiatives aimed at educating anyone considering a career change and helping current cybersecurity professionals, who want to expand their knowledge base, earn certifications. As part of this commitment, we have pledged to train one million professionals by 2026 in cyber skills and awareness. The key to achieving this goal is to recruit more women into the cybersecurity industry.

Fortinet prepares the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow through our various Fortinet Training Institute programs, including the award-winning NSE Certification program. The Fortinet Training Institute leverages public and private partnerships to help close the skills gap by increasing access and reach of its cybersecurity certifications and training. For example, we work with organizations like the World Economic Forum on the most pressing cybersecurity issues. Other partnerships include industry leaders, universities, government, and nonprofit organizations to reach as many interested parties as possible and help eliminate the bottlenecks that create the cybersecurity skills gap.

Learn more about Fortinet free cybersecurity training initiative and Fortinet Training Instituteincluding the NSE Certificate programm, Academic partner programand Education Awareness program that emphasizes Veterans.

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