Ex-hackers may become the IT guardians of the future
A new study carried out by CWJobs.co.uk suggests that over half (56%) of IT decision makers believe companies are not fully guarding themselves against the threat of cyber-attacks, and 70% feel that the most efficient way of dealing with the threat is to employ ex-hackers to safeguard and improve online security. Of those asked, 40% claimed that at present there were not enough trained cybersecurity experts in Great Britain, leaving the IT infrastructure of companies across the country under an unacceptable level of threat.
Richard Nott, the website director at CWJobs.co.uk, claims that the idea of employing reformed hackers is one that should be “treated with some caution”, although he did concede that it was “an interesting tactic”. For a more long-term approach, Mr Nott believes that as the risks of online breaches are on the increase, so the need for security professionals “who understand and can navigate this environment to protect the business is now crucial”.
This lack of experts appears to be a major issue, resulting in 66% of the IT professionals who took part revealing that they would consider upskilling to assume a more security-based role in future.
Almost three-quarters (70%) of those surveyed agreed that employees who can deliver a professional security service were in high demand; furthermore, there was an almost unanimous agreement, at 95%, regarding bigger companies being most in need of skilled IT risk management staff.
It may be some time, however, before UK companies adopt the US practice of recruiting new cyber-safety employees at hacker conventions.