• Technology skills gap leaves businesses vulnerable to cybercrime

A lack of employees with adequate technology skills is exposing companies to the threat of cybercrime, research from IT recruitment firm Robert Half Technology.

 
 
The study revealed that more than 75% of UK CIOs surveyed thought that cyber security threats would increase over the next five years because of a lack of trained IT staff. In response, 34% of businesses were planning to increase their staff to respond to cyber security challenges.
 
The report found, however, that employees trained in understanding IT security technologies are in short supply. As cyber security threats are growing, it added that many companies are also looking to employ a CISO (chief information security officer) to manage digital security processes.  
 

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Neil Owen, director at Robert Half, said: “The prominence of cyber breaches has lifted the demand for cyber security experts as cyber risk becomes a company-wide point of discussion.
 
“An insufficient number of specialists entering the IT market has forced organisations to consider effective retention programmes, training existing staff, partnering with educational institutions and developing flexible hiring policies that include both permanent and contract specialists.”
 
The research also found that cloud security skills were the most sought after in the IT sector and these roles are the most difficult to fill with trained candidates. The report added that many companies are now turning to upskilling existing employees instead of recruiting external candidates. 
 
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