Talent Wanted: Why the Cybersecurity Talent Gap Exists and How To Fix It

Among several rising cybersecurity concerns, an insufficient talent pool is one of the most glaring. By 2021, there are expected to be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, according to Cyber Security Ventures. With hackers becoming increasingly organized and using advanced methods, having trained professionals to counter those attacks is key. We took a look at why the cybersecurity talent gap is growing and how we can all help close it.   What’s causing the cybersecurity talent gap?   Lack of awareness Careers in cybersecurity are often more abstract than in other job fields. Whereas other careers have clear-cut requirements and well-defined job duties, cybersecurity has long welcomed workers of various…

Cybersecurity and Personal Devices: Is BYOD Worth The Risk?

Using personal devices for work is the norm these days. Chances are, the majority of your employees have their email synced to their phones. On weekends, they use their personal laptops to check a few items off the work to-do list. While waiting in line for coffee, they respond to work emails. In many ways, this is a positive development for businesses. Research shows that employees who use personal devices for work put in more hours overall. They send more emails per day — 20 more than those who don’t use personal devices for work — and check email before even heading into the office for the day. Plus, they’re more…

Recent Breaches Raise Concern About Healthcare Cybersecurity

Hardly a week passes by these days without news of another breach in the healthcare industry. Companies in this sector have been hit especially hard with “mega-breaches,” incidents that expose thousands to millions of records in one attack. This news highlights the clear vulnerabilities in this sector and the desperate need for healthcare providers to better protect their patients’ data.   Recent Healthcare Cybersecurity News In recent weeks, two major breaches have come to light that exposed names, social security numbers and more crucial information. Rush System for Health notified 45,000 patients last week that their data may have been compromised in an attack discovered on January 22nd, according to…

Seven Uncomfortable Truths About The State of Cybersecurity

Sophos released their state of cybersecurity study and the findings are clear – companies are not equipped to handle cybersecurity threats. The study, published last week, surveyed over 3,000 IT managers at companies around the world about their cybersecurity experiences, concerns and future plans. From their responses, the study’s authors identified seven key facts about cybersecurity, all of which point to the need for companies to focus more heavily on the issue. Here are the crucial takeaways companies need to understand about digital security moving forward:   Cyberattacks are now the norm, not the exception. Of all organizations surveyed, 68 percent reported being victims of a cyberattack last year, with…

Identify Phishing Emails With These Tips

Phishing scams — emails designed to induce people to reveal personal information — are becoming increasingly common and dangerous. As technology evolves, scammers are capable of creating more targeted and sophisticated attacks. Accounting Web recently reported that hackers are now even utilizing artificial intelligence to make their frauds seem more believable. With increased risks comes the need for greater prevention efforts. Follow these tips to keep you and your company safe:   Consider the source. Who is the sender? Is it someone you recognize and have been in contact with before? If not, you’ll want to proceed with caution. Check the “to” and “from” addresses. If the message is addressed to…