Cyber Security; the next pandemic?

The Coronavirus Pandemic has impacted billions of lives, shutting down borders globally and throwing businesses in every industry into disarray, with people losing jobs or forced to work from home, over a million lives lost, sickness and lasting health complications, and schools and businesses closing their doors to protect the public.

Covid-19 has dominated the news for over a year, and continues to impact lives no matter where you are based; the vaccines now rolling out mean most of us are tentatively waiting for life to ‘get back to normal’ as things open back up and we are able to return to work, to socialise and to see family and friends for the first time in months.

A huge number of people have been working from home, flexibly accessing their work with digital systems and virtual meetings replacing face-to-face – and every expert predicts that this way of working is going to continue for years to come, as it’s proven so successful and been rolled out so effectively across organisations.

However, one downside to this rapid rollout and adaption is that security in these systems wasn’t as robust as it needed to be, and cyber security experts are reporting over 4,000 cyber-attacks every day since the beginning of the pandemic – a number which has continued to increase throughout. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the US economy loses approximately $57 billion to $109 billion per year to harmful cyber activity.

With such an alarmingly high rate of cyber-attacks being reported it’s absolutely vital that companies take these warnings seriously, and invest expertise, budget and time into building a more robust and secure system to protect their employees, their data and the customers they serve with no drop in service or professionalism, and into teams with expertise in these specialised areas.

It’s no surprise that the criminal element will look to take advantage of any potential vulnerability, and the need to very quickly move to such huge numbers of office workers being home-based and communicating everything digitally has opened far more doors than before for these cyberattacks; each additional access point is a potential risk.

We know that the pandemic is beginning to be beaten by developments in medicine and the end is in sight – but now it’s time to look to the next challenge; the huge increase in digital attacks, and the steps your organisation needs to take to protect against them in order to secure the future of your business, and protect your customers from data breaches.

What’s interesting is that according to The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics' Information Security, Cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest-growing career areas nationally. Cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% through to 2029, over seven times faster than the national average job growth of 4%. This means that Cybersecurity firms will need to ensure planning in expert resource to support this job market. New York is also set to be a leading Cybersecurity hub where New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) have launched Cyber NYC, which is supposed to catalyse 10,000 cyber jobs, to help fuel new start-ups, and protect the city’s employees. The project is among the nation’s most ambitious Cybersecurity initiatives, which over the next decade could transform New York City into a global leader of Cybersecurity innovation and job creation.

NDK Infosec are a Talent specialist in the cyber industry which means that we understand the key skills required in providing the best talent in this sector, we can also advise and recommend solutions to ensure we support your business objectives. We work in partnership with our clients, meaning a huge proportion of our work comes from personal recommendations, proving that we are achieving our goal for world-leading service and successful Talent specialist processes. We also screen the best talent in the market through cutting edge AI technology.

If you’re looking to invest in the growth of cyber-security skills and resources to grow your business in this vital industry across the world, we know how to identify the best on and off market talent to succeed.

Call NDK Infosec to find out more on 0203 6939 821.


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