Is the cybersecurity skills gap finally shrinking?

(ISC)2’s 2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study reveals only 18% of respondents reported an increase in cybersecurity incidents in the switch to home working.


Cybersecurity teams have come under huge pressure in 2020 as office workers have switched to home working during pandemic lockdowns. Amid the confusion, criminals have ramped up attempts to target home workers as they seek to penetrate secure corporate networks.

However, new research suggests that cybersecurity staff have scored considerable successes in keeping security protocols in place while protecting organisations from cyberattacks during the switchover.

“Cybersecurity teams rose to the challenge and solidified their value to their organisations,” says Wesley Simpson, chief operating officer of (ISC)2, a global body which runs training and certification for cybersecurity staff.

His comments reflect the findings of the (ISC)2’s 2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, which surveyed 3,790 cyber professionals globally between April and June this year. The study reveals that the majority of cybersecurity staff believe the security of their organisations was not compromised by having a remote cybersecurity team. More than nine out of ten said their organisations were well prepared for the shift to home working and just 18% of respondents reported an increase in cybersecurity incidents in the switch to home working. Some 54% said the number of incidents stayed the same as before remote working.

(ISC)2’s survey also quizzed respondents on how they handled the switch to home working during the pandemic. After lockdowns were announced, some 30% of cybersecurity professionals report that they were given a deadline of one day or less to transition staff to remote working and to secure those environments. Just under half were given two to seven days while about 15% were given longer than a week.

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