Imagine leading an air combat mission. Although the enemy is advancing, you’re not overly concerned because you have an overwhelming advantage: Your weapons are second-to-none; stealthy, responsive and lethal - there’s no way you can lose the battle. Then you learn your ‘foolproof’ mission has been jeopardized because you have no pilots trained to fly jets; the team you’ve been given are all helicopter pilots. Your strategy was solid; everything was planned meticulously but your mission has been compromised because you lacked the properly trained personnel.
In today’s cyber warfare, the battlefield is peppered with tons of solutions from tons of vendors and while it may seem as though the enemy has us on the fence, they don’t. Technologically, as in the analogy above, we have total superiority; we just lack the warfighters with the proper training to exercise it. The U.S. is facing a massive deficit of skilled cybersecurity talent. According to Cyberseek.org, the current cybersecurity workforce is 715,715, with an additional 313,735 openings available. This means that our cybersecurity workforce is functioning at dangerously low levels; roughly 70 percent of capacity and 45 percent below current staffing needs.
Even with bleeding edge technology, it’s of little use without the required engineering skillsets. In many of the latest security breaches, the technology was in place but was either configured incorrectly or no one was looking at the right intrusion indicators. It’s the human element that factors most frequently in cyber criminals successfully stealing data. As a result, organizations are feverishly working to eliminate such events by ensuring they have skilled talent managing their security solutions.
While hiring the right talent appears to be the obvious solution, it’s easier said than done. Skilled engineers don’t come cheap. According to Glassdoor, the average annual base salary for a Cybersecurity Engineer is $129,847. Add battle-hardened and experienced and the price can go up bigtime.
There’s Hope: Y-O-U
Good news, there are other options - you. You can be the knight in shining armor that will save your customers by offering security services that can include implementation, configuration, and maintenance of their security equipment. Once word gets out that you offer those services, your customers will be looking to you for more and more security services.
Even if you don’t have a valued reserve of skilled security resources, or you’re dangerously close to maxing out the availability of the ones you do have, don’t despair, Tech Data can help. Tech Data has a bench of skilled security engineers that you can leverage whenever you need them. They can be your primary source of your managed security services, or to step in as a stop-gap when you don’t have enough of your own engineers. With RECON™ ProServe, part of Tech Data’s RECON™ Security Suite, Tech Data engineers can be there when you need them, as you need them.
Our RECON™ ProServe service options were selected based on commonly requested services ranging from assessments to implementation. Even with the shortage of skilled security professionals, you can rely on Tech Data for any and all, of your security engineer needs. To learn more about Tech Data’s security portfolio and capabilities visit www.techdata.com/Security or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Don Lupejkis is a security specialist consultant for Tech Data’s Security Solution Practices