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Solving the Cyber Security Skills Shortage

Posted by Trevan Marden on May 3, 2016

Cyber Security Skills Shortage


If you’re involved in information security, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a high demand for the limited number of talented security staff available in the market. Cisco has stated that they estimate the shortage at over 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide. In a brief published in February, research firm, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), concludes, “nearly half of organizations now claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.” Finding and retaining qualified security professionals can be a challenge for any organization, but may be particularly hard for mid-market organizations who often lack the resources to attract top talent.


At the same time, smaller organizations who lack the necessary resources to defend their network against hackers are often an attractive target to would-be attackers. Sarah Green, a cyber security expert and business manager for Cyber Security at Training 2000, told the Guardian in an article published earlier this year, “Small businesses may feel that they aren’t likely to be a target due to their size and that hackers couldn’t possibly be interested in what they do – but in reality the exact opposite is true.” Fox Business reports that cyber attacks against small business are on the rise, citing a recent Symantec report that 43% of cyber attacks worldwide last year were against small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report concludes that “No locale, industry or organization is bulletproof when it comes to the compromise of data.”


So what can be done to solve the cyber security staffing problem? For many organizations, managed services can be a cost-effective option to help gain access to the people, processes, and technologies necessary to effectively defend against cyber attacks. In a recent whitepaper commissioned by EiQ, ESG principal analyst, Jon Oltsik, demonstrates the case for SOC-as-a-Service for Mid-Market Organizations. By partnering with a service provider, your organization can extend your team and gain 24x7x365 coverage without adding headcount. Your organization also benefits from the expertise of a team who are well trained product experts and have experience deploying and managing the solutions for a variety of customer environments, so your organization can quickly begin receiving value. If your organization struggles with limited time, budget, and resources, EiQ's managed security services may be able to help.


EiQ’s SOCVue® Security Monitoring service includes 24x7x365 monitoring of your environment by EiQ’s trained security professionals. The EiQ Security Operations Center (SOC) team will analyze event data from across your IT assets and provide timely notification of any security incidents along with remediation guidance.


EiQ's SOCVue Vulnerability Management service provides cutting-edge vulnerability assessment technology, along with an extended security team, to effectively analyze vulnerabilities and track the remediation process. 


More and more, organizations who were previously understaffed, underbudgeted, and overwhelmed are finding that EiQ’s hybrid SaaS security services that combine the best people, process, and technology are a welcome change from going it alone. EiQ is transforming how mid-market organizations build enterprise-class security programs. Acting as an extension of our customers’ IT teams, EiQ’s SOCVue provides continuous security operations based on best-of-breed technology at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions. EiQ is a trusted advisor to organizations that need to improve their IT security and compliance posture by protecting their infrastructure against cyber threats and vulnerabilities. To learn more, please request a demo today!

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Tags: IT Professionals, Cybersecurity, InfoSec, IT Security, Managed Security Services

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