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Cyber security in 2020: Why is Now the right time to hone yourself in this field ?

There are few industries that have experienced uninterrupted growth in the last twenty years. Cyber security is one such few fields that have grown phenomenally. As data volumes keep increasing and with security threats becoming rampant in nature they are in turn posing a huge risk to enterprises dealing in both consumer and industrial data at large. With businesses and society committing more time on a day-to-day adherence to digital process migration and building more data centers globally. We should not forget the fact that they hold much of our confidential information and assets electronically.The risk of cyber crime and inadvertent disclosure and other forms of e-misuse keeps blatantly growing day by day. We must enhance strict measures to avoid this across all levels and this risk must be mitigated by employing or having a diverse team of skilled cyber security professionals at our arsenal.

As shown above they should be well equipped and sufficiently knowledgeable to use existing skill sets to defend and protect data, systems using technologies to ensure that Cyber security regulatory compliance is happening without any disturbance. It comes as no surprise that these skills are in significant demand and that there is not enough supply to meet demand in present context. Infact a recent independent research has confirmed that the Cyber security workforce gap has increased to more than 2.9 million globally and around 150,000 staff is working in the EMEA region alone.

Furthermore nearly two thirds of Cyber security professionals have reasoned that widening workforce gap is putting their organizations at risk. As key cyber security positions and functions are going unstaffed and incident responses are delayed due to a lack of qualified people who are working on the task at hand. While this is a state of concern it also represents a fantastic opportunity for people who are keen to explore career opportunities in cyber security or anyone already working in IT or IT security and wanting to progress to a more senior, challenging and a job fulfilling role. While vacancies and opportunities are there, the industry needs qualified professionals to fill them. We are here to assist them in this initiative at large as a reskilling partner. A qualified, certified cyber security professional has significantly improved earning and employment potential over a professional that is just experienced or has recently joined work.

A recent report shows that the 15 top-paying IT certifications in 2019 based on the results of its 2019 IT Skills & Salary Report research. Over a third of that list is consisting of cyber security certifications which will be even higher if they are properly certified. A saddening note however is that the cyber security skills gap is also illustrative of the diversity gap in the sector. Only a quarter of cyber security workforce is female and there is a huge untapped pool of potential that has yet to enter the sector. Infact hiring more female cyber security professionals is both a chance to make even greater inroads into the stereotyped diversity challenge and also addressing a large part of the overall skilled workforce shortage. Finally, there is the issue of continuous learning, unlearning and re-learning. Anyone who suggests that undertaking a training program, sitting an exam and successfully passing is the end of the journey is very wrong and doing you a disservice to the course itself. Yes, the course is the route to recognition and verification of your skills. However, such is the fast-moving nature of the sector in terms of technology, regulation and tactics, that even the most respected, developed and top qualifications will quickly become out-of-date without continuous skills development and learning. This is why Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are tenets of cyber security qualification and certification is so important to professionals in present context.

We provide them as they not only exist in providing as proper framework to ensure that your skills are kept sharp and relevant but also that the considerable time and cost investment you have made in becoming a qualified and recognized professional does not diminish in value over time. There are other benefits and core initiatives too. The recent launch of the Professional Development Institute (PDI) from our end helps combat skills shortage and simplify the process of continuous education for certified cyber security professionals.

Our webinars has shown that professionals can pick and use as they need to and as time allows, it will feature up to 30 new courses by the end of 2019. Current courses included GDPR for Security Professionals, Devops and Building a Strong Culture of Security. They are all examples of continuous learning that cyber security professionals need to keep pace with present disruptive era. Cyber security challenges do not present themselves only within standard office hours. And so, neither should the career development opportunities. The industry is infact making it easier and more effective for people to learn, develop and hone their skill sets and even increase their career opportunities so that we can all benefit from a safer and more secure cyber-world. Speak to our Cyber security Trainer and Consultant Today for Exciting Offers!

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