We’ve talked quite a lot on this blog about the severe global skills shortage facing the cybersecurity industry – the latest figures put it at four million jobs. And because of the profile the profession is getting in the media as overworked and on the verge of burnout with little support in performance management, it doesn’t look like the skills gap will be reduced any time soon. Fortunately, we believe RankedRight can help you avoid your own imminent skills shortage. Read on to find out why.
Perhaps we should start with why there is such a problem in the first place.
We mentioned above that burnout is rife in cybersecurity. With thousands of vulnerabilities to tackle each day and often not enough resource in the team to sort through them, let alone remediate them, it can be exhausting and demoralising. And you only have to google cybersecurity burnout to see how common a problem it is.
But reputation isn’t the only reason for a shortage. The gap is also caused by the rapid increase in demand for experts year on year.
Governments and industry bodies across the globe have been looking at how to equip young people with the right skills and a passion for the topic at school or college level but the results of this will take years to appear. As a result, every business is facing an imminent cybersecurity skills shortage unless they take action now.
One option is to buy talent. Big corporations are investing heavily to entice cyber experts to their firms. The average annual salary for a mid-level vulnerability management consultant is £40,000 in the UK is and $75,000 in the US but if you’re willing to pay more, you could easily steal talent from somewhere.
However, many businesses do not have a huge recruitment budget to work with. If you’re in this camp, how can you avoid an imminent skills shortage?
One of the biggest problems in vulnerability management is that the number of vulnerabilities to patch or fix outweighs the time available for remediation. Companies therefore spend hours, and in some cases days, every week, sorting through the vulnerabilities to identify the most critical ones to resolve. The reasoning is that if they can’t tackle them all, at least they can tackle the big ones.
As the volume of vulnerabilities continues to grow, so does the time required for manual triage. And let’s not ignore the fact that triage is dull. It’s admin – something your highly skilled cyber professionals were not brought in to do.
RankedRight promises less admin and more action by automating the vulnerability prioritisation process based on the rules set by its user. With the most up to date threat intelligence built in, it helps you factor in what is critical to the business, and delegate it to the most appropriate person to resolve. This means teams spend less time on vulnerability administration and more time on keeping their companies safe.
With RankedRight on board, you’re reducing the workload for your team, enabling more of the vital remediation work to get done, and you’re potentially improving job satisfaction too. Skills shortage under control.
Don’t wait around for the cybersecurity skills gap to affect your team. Choose RankedRight and supercharge your company’s vulnerability management efforts today.