The cyber-security skills gap: maximise value from the team you have

Nik Whitfield says before you worry about whether you have enough people with the right skills, worry about how people who have the most skills are spending their time – and why.

Some say the cyber-security skills gap is an issue of supply and demand – “There just aren’t enough people!” Others say there are too few people with the ‘right skills’ – and although there is guidance on what skills are right for what roles from CESG and the CIS, how to acquire them is an open debate.

But even teams with lots of skilled security professionals run up against three major problems, which create a gap between the skills they have and the value they’re able to deliver.

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