TCS survey finds hiring and retaining IT experts is a major challenge for business

An IT firm that employs over 1,000 people in Letterkenny says with increasing digitization, the threat of cyber attacks is also rising and so is the demand for IT security experts.

According to the latest Risk & Cybersecurity Study by Letterkenny based IT business Tata Consultancy Services, the biggest challenge in cybersecurity is not budgets, but the lack of professionals with relevant expertise.

According to the study, over 40% of senior personnel reported difficulty in attracting and retaining staff with cyber risk and security skills in the past year.

The second biggest challenge reported in the survey is a changing work environment, with increased possibilities for remote work and the associated risks.

The report says innumerable employees had to be given remote access to their employer’s systems and databases at short notice due to the pandemic and the resulting move to remote work. This, they say, opens up new points of attack for cybercriminals.

Assessing security risks and quantifying their costs is the third biggest obstacle for the respondents to the survey, while budgetary constraints ranked 10th.

Gerard Grant, Director, Strategic Initiatives at TCS in Letterkenny says keeping abreast of the most advanced tactics of cyber criminals is not a question of cost, but rather of finding and retaining the right professionals.

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