Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Cloud

Vacant cybersecurity jobs contributing to breaches

Article Image
There are more than two million vacant positions worldwide in the cybersecurity industry. This skills shortage is contributing to breaches that have resulted in a loss of revenue for many companies.

This is the view of ITC Secure chief executive, Arno Robbertse, who was speaking as part of a panel discussion at the launch of Liquid Cyber Security's first African Cyber Security Fusion Centre.

"What matters the most in cybersecurity is the speed of response, the attacks we are facing are automated, they are indiscriminate, and they can do damage within seconds," he said.

Furthermore, he added that the industry can no longer rely on the speed of a human to click a button and there needs to be integrated solutions that bring together cloud, network, and security.

"Our biggest threat organizations face is the lack of access to cybersecurity talent. There are over two million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, globally. We cannot find cybersecurity talent quick enough," Robbertse added.

His sentiments were echoed by South Africa's Gauteng MEC for Finance and e-Government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, who also attended the launch and said not only was there a lack of access to security talent, but there was also a lack of female security talent.

Global skills shortage woes

According to the global Fortinet 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report , the cybersecurity skills gap has contributed to 80% of documented breaches in organization surveyed.

The report also found that 60% of executives surveyed confessed that their organizations were struggling to recruit qualified individuals and keep the current cybersecurity staff.

While the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs went down by around 400,000 in 2021, there are still 2.72 million unfilled positions that need individuals with the appropriate cybersecurity skills, the report added.

Robbertse reiterated that with the launch of Cyber Security Fusion Centres, Liquid Cyber Security is doing what it can to eliminate the skills shortage not only in South Africa but also across the continent.

As one of six planned centers across Africa, the Fusion Centre will provide 24/7 managed cybersecurity detection and response services.

Related posts:

*Top image is of cybersecurity protection firewall interface. (Source: created by rawpixel.com - www.freepik.com).

— Matshepo Sehloho, Associate Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Video

Interview: Qualcomm execs on mentorship for African startups

Qualcomm Technology VP for Engineering, Sudeepto Roy, and Elizabeth Migwalla, VP for Government Affairs, join Connecting Africa for a video interview about Qualcomm's Make in Africa Mentorship Program.

Story

Hot startup of the month: Pan-African fintech KamaPay

This month's hot startup is pan-African fintech KamaPay, which helps individuals and businesses make cross-border payments on the continent.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Flash poll

All polls

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

Story

Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

Story

Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Upcoming events

London Tech Week
June 13-16, 2023
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE
Cybertech Africa 2023
August 1-2, 2023
Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa Tech Festival, Home of AfricaCom and AfricaTech
November 13-16, 2023
CTICC, Cape Town
More Upcoming events

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

Story

Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up