IT contractors will need to update cybersecurity skills to stay in demand
IT contractors will need to ensure that they have the most up-to-date cybersecurity skills in order to stay ahead of other professionals in the sector.
According to findings from Robert Half, which surveyed 100 UK CIOs/CTOs, traditional approaches to cybersecurity are now outdated and no longer work, meaning new strategies need to be used to cut the risk of significant financial and reputational damage.
This was the insight expressed at the inaugural IT Leaders’ Roundtable events hosted by Protiviti and Robert Half Technology, which were attended by chief information security officers (CISOs) from a range of private and public sector organisations.
Jonathan Wyatt, managing director of Protiviti UK, said, “Our annual survey of the top business risks for UK executives shows that cybersecurity is among the top concerns for 2014, alongside regulatory change, economic conditions and political uncertainty. More boards recognise that cyber threats have the potential to disrupt core operations, bringing what was previously a low level IT concern to the senior decision making table.”
Charlie Grubb, Associate Director, Robert Half Technology, added, “When we asked about the quality of information exchange around cybersecurity between IT and the board, organisations reported that this was mostly limited and reactive, rather than ongoing. The delegates’ experiences suggest that IT security professionals need to develop skills beyond their technological knowledge – the most successful will be those who are able to explain the impact of cybersecurity risks to the board in language that they understand.”
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