Cybersecurity talent shortage on the radar of government, business


An intercontinental shortage of cybersecurity talent is expected to grow over the next few years, according to the Gen and Communications Technology Council.

The council’s vice-president of talent innovation, Sandra Saric, replied there’s an expected need for more than 1.5 million people to put to good in cybersecurity globally by 2020.

Solving the talent shortage was one of the challenges emphasized by guidance and private industry executives at a cybersecurity forum at the GTEC conference in Ottawa on Tuesday. It’s an annual technology at the time that brings together business and government.

Sandra Saric,

Sandra Saric, vice-president of inclination innovation for the Information and Communications Technology Council, says there’s a insufficiency for computer scientists, analysts, investigators and psychologists as well as communications and marketing professionals. (GTEC)

“Alighting more people to take science, technology, engineering and mathematics circuits and degree programs, and also training them to be cybersecurity savvy is indubitably the first challenge,” said Scott Jones, assistant deputy ecclesiastic responsible for the information technology security program with Communications Insurance Establishment Canada (CSEC).

Starting early

Saric said there’s a exigency for computer scientists, analysts, investigators and psychologists, as well as communications and merchandising professionals.

“We connect with the Ottawa police who have a cybercrime piece, they’re having difficulty finding people. I’ve spoken to the RCMP who are also wriggling … it’s across the board,” she said.

Saric said the Information and Communications Technology Gathering, a Canadian non-profit, is working on developing talented students before they include even graduated high school.

The council has created cybersecurity struggles at high schools across the country to get students to develop these harmonious skills.

“It’s about youth, regardless of what career they offer, cybersecurity is a critical component of their learning and the knowledge they penury,” said Saric, who presented at the cybersecurity forum

Health information field of concern

But Jeff Curtis, the chief privacy officer at Sunnybrook Salubrity Science Centre in Toronto, said his hospital needs talent now, not years down the track.

Jeff Curtis

Jeff Curtis, chief privacy officer at Sunnybrook Health Information Centre in Toronto, said health care centres oversee exclusive information and need cybersecurity talent immediately. (GTEC)

“People scarcity to hear what’s going on in the trenches, I’m here to bring that where one is coming from,” said Curtis.

He said the hacking of private health information is tasteful a bigger concern for hospitals and health-care providers in Canada, noting health centres hold a lot of valuable personal data and everyone is counting on the health-care nuclei to keep information safe.

In March the Ottawa Hospital reported a cyberattack after four of the sanatorium’s computers in a network of 9,800 devices faced a hacker attempt.

The clinic said malware locked down the files after someone using the computer clicked a link that activated it, but it said no tient gen was compromised.

In a statement at the time, the hospital said it was confident the appropriate saves were in place to protect tient information, but it would “continue to look for headway to increase security.”

“We’re just starting to look for scaled operations and the people to block those positions,” said Curtis about Sunnybrook.

“We have to take up fast, and it’s hard to find folks who not only have the hard skills in surety, but also know the [hospital] sector as well.”

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