How Zero Trust Can Help Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap  

28 April 2021:

Using a zero trust model can help tackle some of the major challenges in cybersecurity today, including the skills gap.

In July 2020, Deloitte surveyed webinar attendees about their organizations’ plans to implement a zero trust model. The poll found that four challenges had disrupted the efforts of many employers. A lack of skilled workers garnered the most attention at 28.3%. Close behind was a lack of needed budget at 28.1%, followed by lack of discernment in how to get started (12.8%) and being unable to choose between technologies/vendors in the market (12.7%).

Luckily, these challenges don’t have to stand in the way of teams adopting a zero trust security model. They can implement steps to address each of the challenges referenced above.

This first installment in a four-part series will tackle the cybersecurity skills gap.

What Is the Cybersecurity Skills Gap?

The skills gap refers to the ongoing lack of trained personnel whom employers can hire to fulfill their security needs. To illustrate the pervasiveness of this phenomenon, a cooperative research project by Enterprise Strategy Group and the Information Systems Security Association found that over half (52%) of respondents believed hands-on experience was more important to their careers in cybersecurity than certifications. Yet, when asked how they felt about their employers’ levels of training for skills, 65% of respondents say their employers should provide at least a bit more training to meet the demands of their jobs.

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Source: Security Intelligence

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