19 FebWhat Arcade Games have in Common with Cybersecurity

Posted in Cyber Security by OPS Leadership

Remember that arcade game whack-a-mole? It may have been fun as a child, but not so much when it’s a metaphor in business.  These days, cybersecurity can feel a little like that game. Issues can unexpectedly pop up left, right and center.

As technology evolves, hackers are becoming more sophisticated. Cybersecurity pros need to be more vigilant than ever. Threats can quickly escalate to severe breach levels. Security experts need to know how to put out fires and also be educated on prevention strategies, which are constantly changing.

The problem is not just that technology is becoming more sophisticated, but that there simply isn’t enough talent to go around. According to ISACA, 40 percent of cyber pros say that their teams are understaffed.  It is predicted there will be 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2022, which should be a huge concern for any organization.

The most recent study from the Labor Bureau of Statistics sites that only 13 percent of our U.S. technology talent needs will come from university graduates. There are (on average) 65,000 IT graduates each year, which is not nearly enough to fill the demand.  

Exacerbating the cybersecurity shortage is the fact that the field is incredibly challenging to stay abreast of. Attempting to prepare students for a career in cybersecurity is an ongoing education process.  The threats they learn during their freshman year may be antiquated by the time they graduate. When the pace at which an industry moves is that astounding, we need innovative thinkers committed to constantly learning, adapting and evolving with the industry. This takes people who thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Optomi Professional Services is dedicated to filling the cybersecurity skills gap by providing quality technology resources for our clients.  Our Optomi team is adept at recruiting the best IT consultants for our Fortune 50 – Fortune 1000 clients.  Our healthcare IT brand, Santéka, provides the most qualified cyber HIT talent for patient care facilities and healthcare technology clients. Provalus, our domestic outsourcing brand, trains underemployed high-aptitude individuals and gives them an entirely new career in the tech field with a promise of continuing education to stay current with the advances in cybersecurity.

Optomi Professional Services is dedicated to providing companies with the top tech talent in cybersecurity. Visit www.optomiservices.com