New report reveals cybersecurity skills gap in Asia

REGIONAL ASIA PACIFIC: Asia Pacific (APAC) markets face critical challenges in implementing advanced cyber defense infrastructure due to a lack of specialized, in-house cyber skills and implementation expertise, according to Fortinet's global 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report.

The report found that 97% of cybersecurity and IT leaders believe tech-oriented certifications impact their roles and their teams, while 86% prefer hiring certified employees.

Findings show that 89% of Asian companies have a board of directors that is aware of cybersecurity problems as costly breaches and resulting brand damage spread. Moreover, the survey revealed that 93% of respondents had implemented a cyber awareness program, yet 51% still believed their staff lacked adequate skills and knowledge.

“To close the skills gap, it is also crucial for organizations to commit to continuous training and re-training, to develop a diverse group of cybersecurity professionals who can help safeguard Malaysia enterprises against sophisticated and destructive attacks,” said Dickson Woo, country manager for Fortinet Malaysia, during the Fortinet Accelerate Asia 2022 roadshow in Kuala Lumpur.

Data from Fortinet revealed that recruiting fresh talent is the top hiring difficulty for 76% of boardroom executives in the area, followed closely by the obstacles of recruiting women for security posts at 75%.

Asian companies are stepping up the pace of diversity hiring, with 90% expressing commitments to diversity for the first time ever. More than half have a hiring strategy for minorities, and three out of four have policies to boost female recruitment.

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