The estimated current cybersecurity workforce is 2.8 million professionals, while the amount of additional trained staff needed to close the skills gap is 4.07 million professionals, according to (ISC)2. The data indicates a necessary cybersecurity workforce increase of 145% globally. Cybersecurity workforce skills gap around the world In the UK, the current cybersecurity workforce estimate…

Phishing remains a leading concern for organizations worldwide. A new Proofpoint report features analysis of data related to nearly 130 million cybersecurity questions and offers insights into employee knowledge levels across 14 categories, 16 industries, and more than 20 commonly used department classifications. Overall, one in every four questions in the “Identifying Phishing Threats” and…

Because of the global cybersecurity skills shortage, nearly half of all cybersecurity professionals are solicited to consider other jobs at least once per week. Here’s a quick review of some of the cybersecurity skills shortage data I’ve cited about in recent blogs: 1. According to ESG research from early 2017, 45 percent of organizations claim…

At their worst, security awareness training sessions are boring wastes of time, both for employees and the IT people responsible for them. At their best, however, they are interactive, discussion-driven, and genuinely helpful opportunities to raise security issues and lay the groundwork for better habits. How do you steer your own training sessions closer to…

On Dec. 1, 2016, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity delivered its report to the President of the United States, providing six Imperatives and a number of associated recommendations and action items to improve the overall security posture of the nation’s public and private infrastructures. These recommendations cover the gamut of both technical and non-technical…

At the Security Awareness Summit this August in San Francisco, a video clip was shown that highlights the need to develop holistic security awareness. The segment showed an employee being interviewed as a subject matter expert in his office cubicle. Unfortunately, all his usernames and passwords were on sticky notes behind him, facing the camera…