If 2020 and the last few months are any indication, the cybersecurity community – and your IT department – needs to step up its game. That could include hiring more cybersecurity talent.
However, if your organization isn’t located in areas with a lot of technical talent, finding qualified and experienced cybersecurity professionals could be challenging.
However, this is an opportunity to take a page out of enterprises’ books and begin to look at the global cybersecurity workforce rather than just the immediate area.
In a recent report, research firm Gartner said 30% of all security teams will have increased the number of employees working remotely on a permanent basis.
“As organizations shifted to remote working in response to the pandemic, it proved that some, if not all, security capabilities could be delivered remotely,” said Richard Addiscott, senior research director at Gartner.
“This includes security monitoring/operations, policy development, security governance and reporting, security awareness, and incident response via dispersed teams. Cybersecurity teams can work remotely and still provide effective capabilities.”
The research firm recommends security and risk leaders adapt their operating models and expand their job advertising to areas outside of their traditional recruitment geographies.
This research comes as demand for cybersecurity professionals skyrockets due to a surge in cyber attacks in 2020 that capitalized on the pandemic and political turmoil.
Late last year, cybersecurity experts uncovered the SolarWinds compromise, believed to be one of the largest ever supply chain compromises and infiltrations of the U.S. cyber infrastructure ever.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in information security are expected to grow by 31% between 2019 and 2029, which is considerably faster than the average job growth projected over that time.
With that demand and a limited supply of cybersecurity professionals to go aroundv, you might need to consider looking at a wider talent pool.