Fill in your Data Security Teams’ Skills Gaps with Information Security Training




As businesses across the world are installing incoming technological innovations into their enterprise framework, cyber security breaches and targeted hacks are making constant headlines. As more and more companies adopt digital and cloud storage services, tech-savvy criminals are exploiting their weaknesses.

Organizations have been rocked with cyber-attacks in recent years, particularly those that target sensitive information. For instance, the NHS (National Health Services, UK) was impacted seriously by an NSA powered ransomware known as WannaCry. This particular cyber breach holds entire networks hostage for, as the name implies, ransom.

The financial and banking sector isn't any different, with hackers finding vulnerabilities in their information security in banking related apps, potentially jeopardizing the accounts of millions and putting them at risk of fraud.

Obviously, there is a pressing need to strengthen enterprise online security in this digital age as threats become increasingly complex and more frequent. The matter is no longer about if a hacker targets your business, but when. Perhaps now is the time fill the skill gaps of your data security teams.

Intel Security has predicted that the skills gap of global cyber-security is to widen by one to two million before 2019. This could potentially leave organizations and business open to grave threats that they can't prevent. Focus on strengthening your data security team's skills gaps with cyber security training, equipping them with the skills necessary to protect, prevent, mitigate as well as roll out damage recovery efforts in response to cyber-attacks.

Information security training focuses on key skills your data security team needs and the primary security measures businesses need to employ to have a fighting chance against sophisticated hackers.

The key skills are as follows:

Expertise with Security tools on Hand

Sound security for your enterprise secrets begins with knowing about the tools. Sadly, most enterprises have a deploy-and-forget approach, mainly due to the lack of knowledge about the security tools they've employed.

Obviously if you're not using the tools you have to the full potential, your system security is likely to be full of loopholes. This is why it's critical that you employ and train staff on the tools you have in your toolbox

Chief information officers need to invest not only on security infrastructure, but also in training and up-skilling your data security teams. This is the only way to ensure your staff know the ins and outs of every tool at their disposal.

Security Analysis

While the tools you employ are clearly important, it is equally important to understand how each and every one of them fits into your overall strategy for digital security. To achieve this, you need to train seasoned employees who understands what each tool does and when it is needed. This would then need to be followed up by a bird's eye view of the business, you staff needs to understand how your business works, its features, infrastructure, market and customers.

All of this duly informs your security staff on how to best create the security policy for your enterprises' digital infrastructure.

A thorough security analysis identifies the weak spots and loopholes from where the attacks are likely to occur and how to minimize their impact by creating contingencies.

Managing Projects

Projects management skill has always been in demand, however managers who specialize in security projects are far more valuable. Training your network admin and sysadmin for project management is just as important because it has become a more critical role, security wise.

Not too long ago all an enterprise needed to do was install an antivirus, setup spam filtering, add perimeter defense tools and you're ready to go. But as modern hackers become more and more sophisticated project managers now need weeks if not months to setup, not to mention how to securely integrate it with the rest of the enterprises' digital infrastructure. On top of that you need to factor in staff training, the maintenance protocols, and upgrades, managing projects while being security focused is now extremely important.

Incident response

Another area that is vital to a business's IT security is Incident response. Your data security teams need the best-known tools mainly due to its ability catch unauthorized access to your network. The job of Incident response teams is to catch and neutralize a threat quickly, and this is one particular team you want to keep trained with the latest skills and tools.

Most companies cannot keep the security staff levels where it needs to be, and even if it was possible, sustaining it comes down to affordability. In order to overcome this bottleneck what companies do is hire security specialists who analyze the IT infrastructure and then upskill the existing staff, so they can upkeep the security in place. This normally involves staff training, installing mitigation tools and beef up automated threat detection.

Scripting

Upkeep of IT infrastructure security of any business requires scripting. There are quite a few standalone technology and other moving parts, and what brings it all to work together is scripting.

Most business either use Python or Perl for scripting, if your business uses either of these languages your staff would need proper training for them. As scripting is critical in every aspect of cyber security. To work will all the tools your toolbox you will need to interface messaging systems, dashboards, incident management tools and monitoring systems with scripting.

Deep forensics

While beefing up security is one thing your data security teams are required to do. Your security staff should also know how to go about conducting a post mortem after the attack. Large organizations who have a lot riding on their IT infrastructure train their staff to conduct deep forensic investigation after a cyber-attack to better develop their incident response skill.

There are all manners of security threats out there that companies have to protect themselves against. The best way to protect yourself from them is to have staff who are trained to respond to threats promptly, conduct malware analysis, as well as deep forensics and postmortem to better protect themselves from emerging threats in the future, all the while improving their own systemic capabilities to deal with them.

About The Author
Manager, Training Operations

Abdul Mujeeb

Abdul Mujeeb is a Training Operations manager at QuickStart Technologies. He has over 10+ years of managing varied domains of technical side of businesses from Implementation, Consultation, and Architecture Solutions for Startup. Apart from that he also has expertise around Security+, CEH, CCNA, Web Development, Software Development & integration, Information System, Project Manager Implementation, SQA & Architecture Development, and IT Consultation for Startups.

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