Pandemic tightens cybersecurity talent crunch in APAC

IT security talent and outsourced security management are needed more than ever given the stretched cybersecurity resources and lack of training in the Asia-Pacific region, according to CrowdStrike.

New research from CrowdStrike shows that with increased IT risk exposure created due to disruptions from COVID-19, the need for new talent is exacerbated and demand for additional internal knowledge on IT security is needed.

Research for the “Better Together” report was independently done by Vanson Bourne, interviewing IT decision-makers and IT security professionals across the region.

Findings reveal that firms are tackling this need through a mixture of internal training and new hires, with some organisations choosing to outsource IT security management. 

Almost half (48%) of respondents lack trained IT professionals in their organisation to implement the correct actions, while 80% plan to outsource IT security management to external providers to tackle this lack of resources.

The most prevalent issues when migrating to modern IT infrastructure include resources for refactoring and building a security stack (44%) and time spent implementing by employees (35%). As a result the need for talent becomes even more pronounced.

The competition for talent looks likely to increase, as 83% of organisations plan to recruit IT security professionals over the next 12 months.

In terms of the greatest IT security challenges moving forward if “work from anywhere
 was normalised, the survey responses showed that 25% highlighted a lack of cybersecurity awareness and training as a concern. While 32% identified an increased risk of unsecured networks and devices used by employees.

Also, most respondents in APAC recognise that there are many areas of their IT security that still require improvements .

In terms of current solutions, 56% say there is improvement needed for them to to work as advertised, while 64% say the same for cost effectiveness. Integration complexity with other technology and security stacks is an even bigger issue, with 74% saying it requires improvement.

IT solutions that work well together are essential. 41% of respondents say that the IT security solution(s) used in their organization do not seamlessly integrate together. 

Further, almost all (98%) respondents believe that “work-from-anywhere” will become normalised in the future, and if it does, the most common IT security challenge will be the fear of greater use of unsecured networks and devices (32%).

For the next 12 months, the main requirements for organisations’ IT security solutions are that they align with budgets and resources (43%) and are effective against modern-day threats (42%). Ease of management and upgrade (41%) is also a key requirement.