Canadian Federal Investment Comes On The Heels Of Global Cybersecurity Talent Gap Report

With a $508 million infusion of cash and a national strategy, the Canadian federal government has ensured that the broad economic opportunities presented by cybersecurity will live for a news cycle or two. In the wake of Budget 2018, I want to provide some important context for the narrative from a global report released last week – that cybersecurity is already the biggest and most urgent talent gap facing business leaders.

The report from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute shows that cybersecurity represents the biggest gap between demand for skills and internal supply. The demand is quickly becoming a critical issue for businesses, leaving them dangerously exposed to cybercrime and unable to maximize competitive advantage from digitization.

Cybersecurity Talent: The Big Gap in Cyber Protection, recommends a number of tactical priorities for business leaders to help them recruit and retain the best cyber talent:

  • ‘Think outside the box’ when approaching candidates – e.g. people on the autism spectrum are highly skilled at pattern recognition
  • Maximize existing internal skill sets and convert them to fill cyber roles
  • Ensure cybersecurity is integrated across the organization
  • Offer flexible working benefits to retain the best talent
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