The accelerating pace of digital is creating an enormous technical skills shortage. Cloud skills in particular are the number-one concern for over 70% of IT decision-makers in large and small organizations per a recent Computing.com survey. But cloud is not the only area enduring skill scarcity. A recent Cybrary report found that 80% of security professionals do not feel adequately prepared to defend against a cyber attack, and that two-thirds of organizations admit that finding cybersecurity talent is a big struggle.
Combining the cloud talent shortage with the cybersecurity skills gap creates an ominous picture for organizations that must move applications, data, business workflow and a myriad of virtual infrastructure to the big server in the sky. As a result, 40% of organizations report that a cyber skills shortage has slowed their cloud adoption. How can organizations already struggling with a backlog of cyber priorities push forward with cloud adoption?
Key to addressing this shortage is maximizing internal security experts while leveraging consultants, systems integrators and service providers to deliver day-to-day cyber operations. More importantly, the strategy can be viewed through a cloud model lens, where the cloud model an organization chooses informs the operational security requirements.