Media Outlet: Forbes Technology Council
by: Brian Murphy, CEO & Founder of ReliaQuest
Corporations are struggling to fend off cyber attacks that are increasing in number, complexity and negative business impact. As a result, the cost of cybersecurity breaches is at an all-time high. In 2018, cybercrime cost organizations an estimated $2.7 billion . One of the main problems holding companies back is that they cannot easily hire enough knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals to ensure their security operations keep up with escalating threats. There are an estimated 2.9 million unfilled openings worldwide and half a million in North America alone. Over half of organizations say it takes three months or longer to fill an open cybersecurity position.
Many cybersecurity certification programs have been created to help close this skills gap, but they can only go so far. What someone learns in a training environment and what’s needed in the real world are two very different things. As cyber adversaries grow more advanced and numerous, security professionals require more than certification alone. They need to put theory into practice with programs that enable them to effectively leverage their skills and respond to real-world scenarios. This is where hands-on training becomes essential.
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