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The cybersecurity skills gap: how to close it faster, smarter and discover untapped tech talent

Even before the current global pandemic, demand for cybersecurity professionals far outstripped supply. In Europe, there’s a shortage of 291,000 such professionals [1]. In the US, the situation is even starker, with a pre-COVID-19 skills gap of four million [2].

And the situation is about to get worse. Lockdown has forced companies to accelerate their digital transformation programmes – on average by six years [3]. In almost all areas of business, from e-commerce [4] to payments [5], to the sudden pivot to work from home [6], companies across the world are ditching the analogue and adopting the digital in more areas than ever before.

And whether they’re providing payments, e-commerce platforms, remote employee access, or something else entirely, all the companies making these changes – and the service providers who work for them – will need to secure their systems and their data. And that means even fiercer competition for cybersecurity pros and – if the industry doesn’t do something quickly – even more unfilled security roles. So what can the tech sector do to find more security pros right now?

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SC Unlocks: Insurance & Assurance

SC Unlocks: Insurance & Assurance aims to provide delegates with practical and business critical tools on how cybersecurity within the Insurance space works. The briefing will explore the unique challenges of the insurance sector, including how cybersecurity insurance (aka cyber liability insurance) can help reduce liability, strategies for risk management/ transfer, regulatory oversight and cyber asset valuations.

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