Cyber security is one of the major challenges facing humanity, individuals and institutions during the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To understand the seriousness of this challenge, it is sufficient to know that cybercrime of its various kinds cost the world economy more than $ 6 trillion last year alone, and the cost of these crimes to the world economy is expected to be around 10.5 trillion dollars. annually by 2025, according to the “Crime Journal” (Cybercrime Magazine) in a recent report.
Billions in annual losses due to cybercrime
At the individual level, ordinary people in the United States alone lost more than $ 6.9 billion due to cybercrime in 2021, a jump of more than $ 2 billion compared to losses in 2020, according to the annual report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ) has been issued. ) on cybercrime, which contained detailed information on the most common internet fraud reported and registered with the Federal Law Enforcement Agency’s Internet Crime Complaints Center.
This problem is exacerbated by the lack of a sufficient number of experts, specialists and workers in the field of cyber security worldwide.
A new problem exacerbates the situation
And it does not stop there, it gets worse because of a new problem; More than a third of cyber security professionals worldwide are preparing to quit their jobs for a variety of reasons, which will put companies and organizations at great risk as they struggle to protect their networks from attacks and near-continuous security threats.
The global cyber security company Trelix conducted a survey of 1,000 cyber security personnel worldwide from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, England and the United States and found that 30% of them plan to change professions within two years or more.
If we add this to the huge shortage that companies and organizations are experiencing in cybersecurity skills, with not enough people with the skills and qualifications needed to keep IT systems safe from incessant security breaches and threats, then we will see the seriousness and dimensions of this problem.
To put more fuel on fire, government and private organizations and institutions – worldwide – face a growing threat from cybercriminals and hackers, whose attacks are increasing in quantity and complexity.
The Trilex survey found that 85% of organizations reported that workforce shortages affected their ability to secure their IT systems and networks.
Many reasons to leave a job in cybersecurity
As for cyber security personnel themselves, those who plan to leave the profession do so because they feel undervalued within the organizations in which they work, and their inability to grow and develop in their careers and careers.
35% of them expressed that they do not feel that there is a clear career path for them, while 31% complained about a lack of social appreciation, and 25% of them said that the reason is the lack of support to develop their skills, and these were the 3 main reasons that cause them frustration and motivate them to resign.
As for the other reasons that led them to stay away from cyber security, the specialists felt that they had achieved everything they wanted out of their roles, and the inadequate salaries they were getting.
On the best ways to attract more people to cybersecurity jobs, 85% of surveyed institutions and organizations said support and skills development is a critical factor, while 41% said encouraging students to STEM-related careers to study is a factor. Another important thing, while 39% of these organizations expressed the importance of additional funding to attract more people to work in the field of digital security.
Meanwhile, more than 9 out of 10 (94%) of cybersecurity staff feel that employers can do more to encourage community mentoring programs in schools to promote cybersecurity awareness among students and new generations.
Fabian Rich, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Trilex, told ZD NET that the need to remove barriers to cyber security “has never been greater.”
“To help grow and nurture the best cybersecurity workforce for our future, we need to expand the talent pool and change our work practices in this sector. Closing the talent gap is not only a business imperative, but a critical factor for us security and future, ”Rich added.
Rich explained, “The future of our industry depends on actively working to inspire employees on a daily basis, support their progress and raise awareness of the internet profession among talented individuals from diverse professional backgrounds. Public and private.”
The lack of talent for employers and the lack of support for employees are not the only issues facing the cyber security industry; Respondents to the survey said employers need to do more to promote diversity, inclusion and equality.
94% of professionals surveyed felt that employers could do more to encourage non-cyber security staff to get involved in the process while performing their jobs, and 92% of them believed that increased mentorship, internships and professionals qualifications would support the participation of workers from diverse backgrounds in maintaining cyber security in the organizations in which they work.
Furthermore, 85% felt that a lack of understanding of the opportunities available in the field of cyber security discourages people from joining the field, leading to the current labor shortage.
Finally, to conclude with Richard Clarke, President Clinton’s chief national security coordinator, “If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. On top of that, you deserve to be hacked.”