Rick Rogers, Area Manager for Africa at Check Point Technologies.
(Source: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.)
So many people have written so much about the ‘skills shortage’ from so many different angles. It’s a complex situation with several different layers, and there have been many initiatives that have aimed to address it. So why write yet another column?
So much thought and effort has been poured into this topic, and yet the reality on the ground is only getting worse.
In order to better understand the skills gap, Check Point recently surveyed 450 IT professionals across the world, asking them questions about their challenges in managing their organisations’ security.
The results were startling. Check Point found that 77 percent of all respondents were concerned with their security teams’ capabilities to deal with current and future cybersecurity challenges. When asked for the reasons for these concerns, 67 percent expressed that their teams lack the cyber-security knowledge and expertise required to handle the current level of cyber-attacks.
In Africa, the skills crisis is continent-wide. The security industry here is thriving – Check Point alone has more than doubled its workforce over the last three years. But as the market grows so the demand for scarce cyber-security skills increases.
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Source:: IT News Africa