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A Ticking Cyber Time Bomb: Underinvestment In Workforce Training | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


The gap between escalating cybersecurity threats and the preparedness of organizations is widening at an alarming rate. While people should be at the forefront of any cybersecurity defense, underinvestment has left them and their organizations vulnerable. Cybercriminals are not merely circumventing software; they are targeting individuals that have been hung out to dry by cybersecurity leaders who have failed to provide them with the capabilities necessary to stand up to cyber threats.

The reality organizations face is like a ticking time bomb: as cybercriminals grow more sophisticated, the frequency and severity of attacks escalate, leaving a deeper impact than ever before. Diffusing this threat is no longer just about protecting data; it’s become a critical fight to prepare one’s people to be resilient when targeted by ever-changing attacks. The failure to adequately invest in strengthening our workforces against these threats is a short-sighted gamble with potentially catastrophic consequences.

To build lasting resilience against cyber threats, savvy cyber leaders will need to increase their investment in their people to give them the necessary knowledge, skills, and judgment.

To make the most of their limited budgets, they should implement the following approaches.

Five steps towards Workforce Cyber Resilience:

  1. Reevaluate Cybersecurity Budgets and Priorities: Companies need to critically assess their current cybersecurity budgets and ensure they align with the escalating nature of threats. This includes prioritizing funds towards areas that offer the most significant impact, particularly in training and developing the skills of their workforce.
  2. Shift Focus from Technology to People: While technology is crucial, companies should focus on empowering their employees. Implement regular and realistic cyber drills and training programs to enhance the skills and judgment of their staff, turning them into an active line of defense against cyber threats.
  3. Identify and Address Skills Gaps: Conduct comprehensive assessments to identify skills gaps across all departments, not just IT and security. Use the insights from cyber drills and performance data to pinpoint weaknesses and develop targeted training programs to strengthen these areas.
  4. Implement Continuous and Adaptive Training: Cyber threats evolve rapidly; therefore, training should not be a one-off event. Companies should adopt a continuous, adaptive training approach that keeps pace with the latest threats and ensures that the workforce is always prepared and up-to-date.
  5. Develop a Culture of Cyber Resilience: Foster a company-wide culture emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity. This involves regular communication from leadership about cyber risks, encouraging a proactive stance on cybersecurity, and integrating cyber resilience into the company’s core values.

The time to bolster your cybersecurity is now. Be sure to reveal the gaps in your defenses before a breach, and be ready for one if one does occur. Take the first step towards transforming your organization’s cybersecurity posture.

Rather than investing heavily in tools, dedicate time to reassess your workforce, gaining insight into cyber readiness at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Empowered with dynamic performance data, CISOs and other business leaders can make strategic, well-informed budget decisions to enhance the cyber resilience of their workforce.

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