Ransomware: Cyber Security Education is the Key to Minimising Cyber Crimes in Remote Working
by Raymund Taylan, Senior Security Advisor
10 December 2020
As we approach the end of 2020, it is now the best time to reflect and highlight what this year has taught us. The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, and it continues exposing us to cyber criminals’ attacks. Cyber attacks have continued to increase whilst organisations have been forced to rush digital transformations and remote working strategies to support their business operations. While some organisations are now carefully managing the resiliency of operations using virtual world, the accelerated digital transformation of many businesses heightened the cyber security skills gap, flagging the need to educate more IT professionals about cyber security.
According to a Kaspersky survey report, 73% of the businesses who responded find recruiting skilled IT professionals difficult and 67% of IT professionals who participated in the survey suggest that the higher education is responsible for encouraging the young generation into cyber security careers. This survey’s results serve as a wakeup call for employers, private organisations and the public sector to rethink and change the traditional pathway to encourage young people develop their IT and cyber security skills and be the cyber defenders of the future.
Increasing the number of experienced IT security professionals is synonymous to increasing the visibility of an organisation in spotting a legitimate cyber threats and unknown threats. The more qualified cyber security experts are trained and produced, the more organisations can easily recruit cyber defenders that can manage and protect their business-critical assets from cyber attacks.
To address the cyber security skills gap, employers may offer more cyber security training to young talents and expose them to cyber security challenges to accelerate their minds in realising the value they could bring to the cyber security industry. Employers, private organisations and the public sector may start working closely with universities to build the pipeline of potential cyber defenders by providing training materials showcasing the current technology and challenges in the cyber world. Once the collaboration between universities and private/public organisations is maintained, our young cyber defenders’ number will continue to rise, ensuring the cyber world has plenty of cyber warriors in the future.