Philip Virgo, the Institute for the Management of Information Systems’ strategic adviser, recently offered a helping hand to e-Skills.
The purpose of the project was to evaluate cyber security skills schemes among financial service employees. However, the aim was not limited to finding unfulfilled needs, but also those with a willingness to do something about any situations that the study uncovered.
Writing in Computer Weekly, Virgo said that the most positive news to come out of the evaluation was that those involved with recruiting cyber security staff saw the current frameworks as a good checklist. Unfortunately however, most employers are seeking staff with experience rather than trainees – and only a small number have the necessary in-house skills to establish training. However, some employers are intrigued by the idea of implementing the frameworks via modules in order to improve the skills of the current workforce, as well as to cross-train those with an understanding of the business.
Virgo is currently undergoing the second stage of his study, which entails distributing a draft of his report for feedback. The goal is to ascertain any interest in the adoption of early participation in this follow-up stage, developing and preserving the skills needed to protect not only the firm itself, but also customer data against breaches and other kinds of abuse.
The fact that firms are beginning to recognise the need for in-house cyber security skills is a major step forward. A lack of interest in trainees does make it difficult for those looking to take their first steps in the industry, but experienced professionals seeking cyber security jobs certainly have something to offer in the current climate.
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