Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ongoing training a win-win for all

The report of the week

Ongoing training is a must in most professions if you do not want to fall behind and let new generations of professionals take your possition. The masters and postgraduates existing in the market take into account this fact and have been adapted to the needs of the active workers. The cybersecurity case is special, since it is a rapidly changing area, needs grow very fast and professionals of the subject are very scarce. That is why companies are 'pulling their socks up' and are starting to invest in training their workers, for the benefit of all.

Pearson Vue's new report gives new insight into this new reality and highlights that companies are investing more actively in cybersecurity training than in previous years. Of the 6,605 IT professionals surveyed, there was an increase of 48% in those receiving safety training in their workplace and 60% performed safety exams. In addition companies know that this recycling of knowledge has a positive impact in them, so 53% of the respondents received the training financed by their company compared to 26% who admitted they paid for their complementary training.
Every investment deliver results and the proof is that more than 61% of IT professionals affirm that obtaining a certificate had a positive impact on their work. In addition, 40% said they plan to do a cybersecurity certification exam next year, the most demanded option, followed by networks courses (31%) and servers (22%).

All these figures make sense, bearing in mind that cybercrime, including mobile attacks and ransomware, are increasing and the lack of qualified professionals is also increasing.
A recent report by the ISACA organization found that 55% of organizations take at least three months to fill cybersecurity posts, while 32% said it takes six months or more. And, 27% of companies said they can not cover these positions at all.

The study highlights the serious interest companies are putting on cybersecurity issues, with examples such as investment in training and evaluation of the state of security of the same. The ongoing training of staff and obtaining certificates is a way of valuing the worker, giving them an extra benefit. And on the other hand, it helps the evolution of their business by having more valuable and 'up-to-date' employees.

The lack of professionals in the market has made looking for professionals who are already inside the organization and give them an extra training in security. Increasing the trainings can also be a sign that more people are becoming "accidental" security professionals. These are people - especially women - who enter the field of other careers, including IT, law, compliance, and government, to fill a need for the company.

Another study of Vanson Bourne that has appeared today, also throws very interesting data related to this field. The most relevant fact is that employees are one of their biggest security risks for 48% of organizations. The lack of training and the use of mobile devices are the result of many of these security issues. That is why companies should take it in account and continue training their employees on a continuous basis for the benefit of both parties.
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