Impact of the Skills Gap on the Adoption of SECaaS
For years, business leaders have thrown around the so-called “skills gap” which refers to the disparity between well-compensated roles in today’s economy and the workforce available to fill these positions. Today, it is becoming more of a reality than a buzz word throughout the industry, especially in fields such as Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing.
With the expanding threat landscape, it’s becoming harder to find qualified, experienced talent to match this speed of growth. It has become more evident that closing the skills gap will be necessary in order to maximize workforce productivity, drive innovation, and enable digital transformation in today’s world.
With the expansion of the threat landscape and the recognition of cybersecurity as an ever-evolving battle against sophisticated cyber criminals, companies are more driven to adopt managed security-as-a-service (SECaaS) to mediate impending risk. Here’s why…
The Reality of the Scope of the Issue
While the shortage of cybersecurity resources – skills, tools, and processes – grows, so does the threat landscape. With the constant shift in the security industry, it’s difficult for companies to keep up with the latest trends and find candidates that have enough expertise and knowledge in this space.
The skills gap has made it more difficult, costly, and time consuming for companies to find qualified talent. This is evident in the latest ‘State of Cybersecurity 2018 Part 1: Workforce Development’ report. The group noted that 61% of respondents said that half or less of their applicants for open security positions are qualified, with 30% indicating that less than 25% of applicants are qualified.
Risks, security threats, and compliance mandates all combine to put additional pressure on companies as they seek to use technology to uncover new levels of efficiency. In response to the skills gap, managed service providers are taking advantage of this void and the growing complexity of the threat landscape to package their offerings as SECaaS.
Invest Now to Thrive While Competitors Struggle
With trillions of dollars at stake, intellectual property, and security at risk, the adoption of cloud computing and SECaaS is skyrocketing. By 2020, 85% of large enterprises will use a cloud access security broker solution for their cloud services. Even further, 80% of organization’s IT budgets will be dedicated to cloud computing services within the next 16 months, with SECaaS (security-as-a-service) accounting for the second biggest slice of spending (79%), behind only IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) at 81%.
It’s easy to understand why SECaaS is gaining momentum. SECaaS providers combine advanced detection and response capabilities, threat hunting powered by proprietary machine learning, and experienced security personnel, all provided as a service.
In addition to offering a portfolio of prevention, detection, and resolution services, these offerings:
- Enable Leadership to be more reactive – companies are able to reactive more proactively to the shifting technology landscape
- Avoid waste – enables teams to use resources more wisely
- Budget Friendly – flexible pricing models empower you to control the cost
- Improve Time to Value –solutions are deployed quickly and seamlessly
Regardless of your size and protection concerns, enlisting an additional layer of security support, whether internally or through an external SECaaS provider is increasingly a question of when, not if. And while it won’t solve all your security issues, it will provide you with greater safety at a lower cost, and a stronger environment. Learn more about MacroNet’s SECaaS offerings here.
A holistic SECaaS partner with cross-industry experience and a strong service provider network can help you stay one step ahead of cybercriminals looking to infiltrate your organization