Victoria Windsor, Group Content Manager at Infosecurity Group

A growing skills gap in the market for information security personnel and a shortage of talented individuals will be top of the list of major challenges faced by C-level security management next year, research has revealed.
The findings come from Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s premier information security event which asked the CISO community in financial services and other key industry sectors to predict the trends that will shape the industry in the year ahead.
It concluded that with the information security market forecast to grow by 8.7 per cent to $124 billion in 2019, according to Gartner, some familiar challenges will be troubling senior security professionals, such as identity and access management, insider threats, third party and supply chain risks, and cloud.
But, according to Victoria Windsor, Group Content Manager at Infosecurity Group, CISOs are not just focusing on technology issues, but also the human element: “There are concerns about the growing skills gap in the market and a paucity of skilled, talented individuals,” she said. “The expectation is that the market will continue to grow as smaller companies emerge to fill the skills gap. The ever-changing role of the CISO is also top of mind and 2019 is predicted to be the year when cyber resilience takes its rightful place at the boardroom table. But more needs to be done to bridge the gap between the C-suite and IT security function.”
Infosecurity Europe 2019 takes place at Olympia, London from 4-6 June next summer.

by Guy Matthews