Cybersecurity Needs Action, Now!

June 24, 2020 | 4 minute read

Over the past few decades, a lack of cybersecurity practices and priorities within U.S. private, public, and federal organizations has led to highly compromising cyber attacks taking center stage in mainstream media. With the evolving digital landscape, and expanse of cybercrime therein, we can be certain that these attacks will only become more frequent and more destructive.

Whether attacks are being carried out for monetary gains, or other objectives detrimental to confidential data, cybercriminals are continuously enhancing their game. In fact, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. This trajectory cost in damages is predicated by the short supply of cybersecurity talent and training within organizations, small and large.

Also, consider the current socioeconomic changes we face as a nation right now. “As the covid-19 pandemic increases the need for online connectivity for most businesses, the increased risk of security breaches is too high to be taken lightly. Therefore, this is a critical moment for businesses. If the importance of cybersecurity training and awareness continues to be played down, companies will bear the brunt of digital attacks. In an unstable economy, this could have devastating consequences.” Osama Tahir, VPNranks

In a report published in March 2020, U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Co-Chairmen Senator Angus King and Representative Mike Gallagher recommend, if not plead, for the nation to start taking proper action. This report indicates just how far behind we are in establishing defense protocol, cybersecurity talent, techniques, and recovery plans. Additionally, King and Gallagher make a redundant, but extremely purposeful point about the “speed and agility” our government is missing in combating cybercrime. Click Here to Read Full Report

With the onslaught of cyber adversaries on the horizon, you may be wondering how employers and business leaders can take immediate action…

By locating and hiring cybersecurity talent that fits your business’ needs, and then developing that talent further, through cybersecurity training programs and educational pathways, you will have a greater chance of staying ahead of what could be a detrimental attack on your organization. As Steve Morgan, Editor-In-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures, wrote in 2017, “Many companies with 250 or fewer employees have learned the hard way that if they wait until after being hacked to deal with it–– it may be too late. Nearly half of all cyber attacks are committed against small businesses, and the percentage is expected to rise next year.”

CyberKnights facilitates the hair-pulling dilemma of first finding the right person for the job, and then fostering and retaining their talent. With a pool of diverse individuals of all levels of cybersecurity expertise, and a demand for more cybersecurity job positions to be filled, finding talent and establishing cybersecurity best practices within your organization is made easier. Let your best defense against cybercrime, be the people you invest in.