Why you need cybersecurity skills in your tool-kit?
We recently attended the 5th Annual FireEye Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit in Washington DC, to find out what we, as project professionals, need to know about cybersecurity.
The good news is that there will always be a security gap and therefore there will always be people needed who possess cyber security skills. The bad news is that there will always be a security gap which means our projects are always under threat. There has been a recent influx of catastrophic cybersecurity attacks (WannaCry, NotPetya, Equifax) and as project professional, we need to be concerned.
We found out at the summit that there are over 60,000 incidences of malware that go undetected each year and 40% of all criminal incidents are now cybercrime (National Office of Statistics).
What this means for us is that the demand for cleared and experienced program and project management professionals with cybersecurity experience is on the rise. However, those who possess the skills are in short supply which means there is an opportunity to gain cybersecurity skills now that the market is going to need.
At the summit, it became obvious that organizations are having trouble finding qualified resources with the appropriate training and experience in cybersecurity. Whenever your project includes technology such as building a new CRM or working with cloud data, effective risk management of cyber threat is a critical component. Without cybersecurity knowledge, any project can open an organization to exploitation. The frightening fact is that cybersecurity factors are often given no attention in the risk planning part of a project.
Given the billions of dollars spent each year on cyber projects and programs that are classified, it is become increasingly important to invest in your professional development by attending training programs that address the unique characteristics and challenges that project professionals face when dealing with projects that have elements of cybersecurity.
If you would like more information on the knowledge you need to get you started in understanding cybersecurity please email us at [email protected]