How to train the cyber security pros of the future

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As technology continues to advance and become ever more intertwined with our work and personal lives, so too grows the opportunity for hackers and cyber invaders to strike.

The best way to face this threat is to arm those working to defend businesses with the skills and tools for when a breach occurs – an event which we now know to be all but inevitable.

Facing down an industry-wide digital skills gap, it has never been more vital to find and educate talent to be prepared for the challenges of this shifting digital landscape.

On the front line

At Fujitsu, we use a variety of methods to train those who work in our security operations centres (SOCs) to equip them with the necessary skills to protect our customers.

Using internally-developed material such as incident triage, the SOC Academy work on new techniques, tools and processes to ensure incident response is up to a high standard.

Through day-to-day mentoring and coaching from third- and fourth-line security specialists we’re able to provide on the job training with hands-on experiences following a series of documented procedures.

Harnessing the power of industry collaboration, Fujitsu works with external organisations such as the National Cyber Security Centre’s Fusion Cell as well as the National Crime Agency and Lancaster University.

Safeguarding the next generation

As digital natives, the coming generations are able to keep up with the rapid pace of technology. To harness this natural ability, businesses should find ways to support and collaborate with schools and other businesses to guide the next generation towards cyber proficiency.

By recruiting graduates with computer science, computer studies, forensics computing (or equivalent) degrees as well as school leavers with ICT qualifications, we’re doing our bit to tackle the cyber skills shortage.

With schemes like this in place, young people are provided with the opportunity to advance into cyber security careers from a young age and be a part of the country’s defence against future threats.

Legacy defence

Alongside arming new recruits with the tools needed to tackle security threats, organisations also need to dedicate time to educating existing employees on how to spot (and respond to) threats.

If it isn’t already, security should be a key part of the training schedule to ensure all employees are up to date with even the most basic security guidelines.

More importantly, security needs to be communicated and conducted from the top down to ensure it remains front-of-mind.

With the UK Government recently announcing it will invest £1.9bn to combat cyber-crime and to educate and train the cybersecurity experts of the future, organisations can take comfort in knowing that they won’t have to fight this battle alone.

Additionally, with the new EU GDPR legislation coming into effect in 2018, it’ll be time for the hunted to become the hunter to ensure companies are protected

Data breaches are inevitable but the destruction they cause doesn’t have to be. Preparation and cure are the way to prevent that and ensure damage limitation.

It’s clear that organisations need to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to cyber security. Through regular training, they can ensure their staff are too.

Rob Norris

Director of Enterprise & Cyber Security in UK & Ireland at Fujitsu

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