How automation will help enterprises overcome the cybersecurity skills gap

There are few verticals that can boast a 0% unemployment rate, but cybersecurity is one of them. There are far more job openings than there are skilled professionals to fill them. This is despite many efforts to train, upskill and reskill people to close this talent gap. With almost three million unfilled cybersecurity positions around the world, the industry needs to come to grips with the serious nature of this skills gap.

The speed at which the threat landscape is...

By Mike Armistead, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Allison Cerra, CMO, McAfee: On education and mindfulness in removing cybersecurity complexity

If you’re going to write a playbook around cybersecurity best practice, as a leading executive of one of the major security companies, then it may be a wise idea to deal with any skeletons in the cupboard before dispensing the pellets of wisdom.

Thankfully Allison Cerra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McAfee, does so in her new book with integrity, grace, and no little wit.

In April 2017, as

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

From culture to communication: Why the success of your ITIL initiative depends on many factors

One of the world's most famous (or infamous) structural frameworks for process and communication management is ITIL. ITIL often is used to generate results in a service-oriented organisation. ITIL benefits frequently cited include improved customer and user satisfaction, as well as increased service-orientation for IT staff. ITIL can increase professional standards by implementing best practices for specific processes, reducing costs, and clarifying organisational...

By Ron van Haasteren, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Marketing.

How the CIO can win over the most tech-resistant and tech-reluctant employees

CIOs often face significant hurdles when building new technology or implementing it into their businesses. Budget restrictions, lack of buy-in from management, resistance from employees, or simply not knowing where to start can make success feel impossible. Adopting new technology is necessary for business survival, though.

Many CIOs underestimate the amount of strategy and planning necessary to pull off the...

By Andrey Kudievskiy, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The top 10 most popular cybersecurity certifications in 2019: A guide

  • IT decision-makers (ITDMs) report that cybersecurity is the hardest area to find qualified talent, followed by cloud computing skills
  • 56% of ITDMs report that certified personnel closes organisational skills gaps.
  • 48% of ITDMs report that certifications boost productivity
  • 44% of ITDM report that certifications help meet client requirements

Knowing which cybersecurity certifications are in the greatest demand is invaluable in planning a career in the field. I asked Global Knowledge, the...

By Louis Columbus, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Alerts are ignored and turnover is high as security teams suffer from incident overload, report says

If everything incident which happens at an organisation is of super-critical importance, then how can the system fully function? Alert overload for security teams is not uncommon, yet a new report from Critical Start encapsulates the issues many personnel face.

The company’s report, ‘The Impact of Security Alert Overload’, polled more than 50 security operations centre (SOC) professionals across enterprise...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Research, Security.

Why IT and HR can become surprising bedfellows

Advances in digital communication may have enhanced many lives - but it has also become a disruptive technology in more ways than one. Not surprisingly, the development of new communication tools is keeping pace with changes in the way people communicate, giving them a myriad of ways to get the right information in front of the right readers at the right time.

However, there has been a lot less attention given to the development of...

By Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Protecting your organisation from phishing scams: A guide

The recent announcement of British Airways’ record-breaking £183 million GDPR fine has put phishing scams back in the spotlight, as this was an integral part of the company’s data breach. Unlike many other forms of cyberattack, phishing scams go after your customer or employee data, including credentials like passwords, financial details or sensitive personal information. This data can then be used or sold on for malicious intent, from identity theft or false transactions, to brute force or...

By Elad Schulman, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

New research shows extent of ‘polymorphic’ email phishing campaigns

We’re deluged by emails on a daily basis; many of which are not in good faith. Many others, like the old-fashioned telephone game, are passed down from scammer to scammer, changed a little here, and then sent to users’ inboxes.

According to new research from phishing prevention provider Ironscales, more than two in five (42%) email phishing attacks are polymorphic, with some attacks undergoing more than 500...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

The big enterprise security problem posed by small – or at least smaller – businesses

As the threat level grows and diversifies, global enterprises continue to make cybersecurity a top priority. As they should: high-profile attacks continue to wreak havoc on major brands—with Humana and Marriott among the most notable recent victims. One silver lining in the continued fight is that the pervasiveness of threats has elevated cybersecurity from an IT problem to a board-level issue.

In fact, according to

It’s not me, but it is probably you: How IT still views employees with contempt on cybersecurity

A new report from software as a service (SaaS) operations management and security platform BetterCloud begins with a blunt message. “While cybercriminals, hacktivists and ransomware often make a big splash in the news headlines, the reality is that the biggest security threat is often right in front of you.”

According to the study, which featured survey data from 500 IT professionals, the ‘well-meaning but...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Machine learning engineer is the best job in the US – according to Indeed

  • Machine learning engineer job openings grew 344% between 2015 to 2018, and have an average base salary of $146,085
  • At $158,303, computer vision engineers earn among the highest salaries in tech
  • The average base salary of the 25 best jobs in the U.S. according to Indeed is $104,825, and the median base salary is $99,007
  • Agile coach is the highest paying job with an average base salary of $161,377
  • 9 of the top 25 jobs in the U.S. this year are in tech fields according to Indeed
  • Five jobs are heavily dependent on applicants’...

By Louis Columbus, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employee Education, Employees.

Verizon finds organisations increasingly sacrificing security to ‘get the job done’

Have you ever been working on a project and, knowing it was a choice between ensuring security and getting to deadline, been forced to go with the latter? If you have, according to a new report, you have plenty of company.

The latest Verizon Mobile Security Index, published earlier this month, found almost half (48%) of the more than 600 survey respondents had sacrificed the security aspect of their work in order to ‘get...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Not if, but when: The value of cybersecurity awareness

For businesses, a cyber-attack is not a matter of “if” but “when”. Every business is at risk of a cyber-attack. In 2018 alone, cyber-attacks on organisations cost the UK economy tens of billions of pounds, with 7 out of 10 companies falling victim to a cyber-attack or breach.

According to the 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, more than

By Vinaya Sheshadri, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

CXOs increasingly suspicious of employees when it comes to data breaches

When a data breach occurs – and unfortunately today it is a question of when rather than if – then looking for the responsible party and safeguarding against future events is a matter of course. Yet according to new data from security provider Egress, the C-suite differs from their employees in terms of who is to blame.

The study, which polled more than 250 CXO executives and 2000 employees across the UK and US,...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

A bird’s eye view of enterprise security: From reaction to prevention

The cybersecurity space has become incredibly convoluted - a simple organic search of “cybersecurity solutions” will generate approximately 28,500,000 results. The nature of cybersecurity makes it a constantly moving target, but the sheer number of tools and methods designed to combat the dizzying array of threats is enough to make any corporate leader’s head spin as they contemplate which technologies achieve what and which are worth the investment.

By Ted Ross, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, IoT, Malware, Security.

What can tech businesses do to address the STEM skills shortage?

We are living through a period of unprecedented change. Rapidly evolving technology has transformed how we live and work, creating expectations for the future that would have seemed the stuff of science fiction just a few decades ago.

It’s easy to get caught up in the vast possibilities that technology offers, but we must remember that people are the ones driving innovation in this exciting new world and they are central to its success.

To fully realise the potential of the technology at our fingertips,...

By Rich Mortimer, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Opinion.

The self-service portal selfie: Up and running in a flash

Case study It’s only been six months since William Schrikker Group (WSG) started using its self-service portal, “Selfie.” After a tremendously successful start, WSG leaders want to expand the portal’s capabilities. The level of commitment within the organisation was great, and even before the self-service portal went live, several department leaders expressed their wish for their own portal.

WSG is a youth...

Four things every CEO needs to know about ransomware

It’s hard to read the news at the moment without ransomware being mentioned. For example, I typed “ransomware” into Google News recently and got more than one million hits in 0.23 seconds. Even when I limited my search to the past 24 hours it returned more than six pages of links. Therefore, with so many experts writing things that are sufficiently interesting or important to feature as “news” — why has the problem not yet been...

By Dr. Sandra Bell, 21 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Malware, Security.