The Cybersecurity Staffing Shortage

Is your organization adequately prepared to address your cybersecurity staffing needs?

The cybersecurity landscape is continuously evolving and cybersecurity staffing is not immune. Threats and data breaches are becoming more common and more sophisticated, while hackers are growing more adept at developing new techniques to circumvent existing security measures. At the same time, government regulations and data security requirements are getting stricter and more comprehensive. With organizations increasingly more aware of the impact a cyberattack can have on their reputation, their ongoing operations, and their bottom line, an industry-wide shortage of qualified cybersecurity staff, is leaving them ill-prepared to defend themselves against cybercrime.

The cybersecurity job market is heating up, leaving many employers feeling the crunch as they seek to hire certified industry experts to manage their cybersecurity needs. The supply of cybersecurity experts doesn’t come close to meeting the demand, and the gap appears to be widening. According to ESG research, 45% of organizations reported having a shortage of staff with cybersecurity skills in 2017. There are currently an estimated 300,000 cybersecurity-related jobs open worldwide, and the demand for the cybersecurity workforce is expected to rise to 6 million by 2019 with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million workers.

How can your organization cope with this shortage of cybersecurity talent? Cerium is here to help. Whether you need additional resources to address your daily security needs or assistance with a critical digital investigation, you can rely on our team of experts to enhance your existing team. Cerium offers virtual cybersecurity staffing for short or long-term engagements, with several options designed to meet your business needs.


Cybersecurity Staff Augmentation

Cerium offers qualified security professionals to supplement your existing resources on a temporary basis. Our staff augmentation services give you the flexibility to acquire highly skilled security talent on demand without the costs of retaining them fulltime. Cerium can provide workers to help you meet an aggressive timeline for a specific project or to cover a vacant staff position until the position can be filled. We can provide a full-range of talented workers that match your skill set requirements in technical or nontechnical areas of your cybersecurity program.


Ongoing Cybersecurity Staff Support

Need a continuous part-time staff person to fulfill an essential role in your organization such as a Chief Information Security Officer? You can count on Cerium to provide permanent or semi-permanent part-time workers to help meet your daily needs. You can leave the employee management to us and benefit from the security experience and expertise our experts provide, and from the Cerium team that stands behind them.


Incident Response Advisory Services

Responding to a cybersecurity incident can be a complicated and time-consuming task for any organization. When your system has been compromised, you generally only have one chance to respond effectively. Navigating federal, state and international regulations and notification requirements can be tricky, and investigating and remediating the incident can seem daunting. If you need additional support to respond to a cybersecurity incident, Cerium offers incident management, compliance notification assistance, and help with your investigations, regulatory disclosures, as well as internal and external communication tasks.

The shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals is acute, but that shouldn’t prevent you from adequately staffing your cybersecurity team. If you need help fulfilling your cybersecurity needs, contact Cerium to learn more about our cybersecurity staffing offerings.


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