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As the cyber threat landscape continues to grow and emerging threats such as the IoT require hardware and software skills, it is estimated that there are 1 million unfilled cyber security jobs worldwide. IT professionals and other computer specialists are required for security tasks such as:

Information Security Director (CISO): This individual implements the security program throughout the organization and oversees the operations of the IT security department;

Security Engineer: This individual protects company assets from threats focused on quality control within the IT infrastructure.

Security Architect: This individual is responsible for planning, analyzing, designing, testing, maintaining, and supporting a critical enterprise infrastructure.

Security Analyst: This individual has several responsibilities including planning security measures and controls, protecting digital files, and conducting internal and external security audits.

As cyber threats become more incessant and malicious, the work of a CISO and its expert team is becoming increasingly difficult, and the challenge of protecting corporate, customer and employee data, along with intellectual property, makes become even more challenging.

People hired for these positions must understand how to respond during a cyber-crisis to help mitigate any damage and manage corporate security strategy, along with support and interaction with C-Level.

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A cyber attack can take any business by surprise. Depending on how quickly and effectively the security team and CISO respond, you can determine how much damage is done to the company’s reputation and impact financially. When security staff is prepared and aligned with other technology, business, and C-Level professionals, some of the negative effects of a cyber attack can be undermined.

According to ISC2, the cybersecurity workforce deficit is at a fast pace and is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022 – a 20% increase since 2015. 35% of Latin American workers believe this shortage of labor is due to the lack of qualified personnel and 45% believe that leaders do not understand the needs of the area.

67% of Latin American ISC2 survey respondents report insufficient information security professionals, so there is an important gap that can be explored why you want to grow your career, while there is a big challenge for companies in order to keep their most talented professionals.

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Planning is needed:

As a result, in order for us to increase the resilience and maturity of cyber security, and why not information security, we need to consider that properly planning investment and staying tuned and constantly learning are key to cyber risk reduction and to take advantage of cyber risk.

While we have seen a steady rise in cyber attacks, many companies continue to address information security in an unstructured manner rather than primarily.

In my reading, while the scarcity of financial and resource investment in the area is notorious, I believe part of the problem is due to the lack of proper planning of the area. However, the scarce budget of the area and the lack of preparation of professionals, especially regarding the vision of business needs, end up focusing the investments in the purchase of protection software, updating or even process automation, but strategically we should start our investment in broadening our professional vision and the Security Risk Assessment.

PwC’s 2018 Information Security Survey, which surveyed more than 9,000 business and technology executives worldwide, found that more than a quarter (28%) do not know how many cyber attacks in total and a third do not know either. as they occurred. While some security incidents are the result of high-level attackers using advanced techniques to disguise their activities, the vast majority of cases are caused by common security breaches and can be easily prevented with better governance and process control.

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Perhaps the most important step an organization can take to improve its security is to invest in the qualification of its professionals, value and retain its talents to perform, as well as invest in a comprehensive Information Security risk assessment. This is crucial in understanding the training gaps, staff knowledge, as well as where the greatest vulnerabilities within the organization are and what potential internal and external threats the company may be facing.

Any company trying to create an Information Security strategy without this knowledge will simply be throwing money away. I believe this approach will certainly reduce the basic errors in security team management and information protection that make attacks possible and lead to accidental or intentional breaches.