As a small to medium business, what does this mean for you?
You will have a hard time recruiting and retaining top-notch cybersecurity staff.
Since every business is a potential target for cybercriminals and every business has data (customer details, financial information, etc.) of interest to cybercriminals, how do you keep your business’ data secure from cybercriminals without in-house expertise?
Here’s a short list of do’s (and one don’t) to minimize the effects of this talent gap.
DON’T Push the Entire Burden of IT Security on Your Existing IT Team
Take the time to educate yourself about the cybersecurity risks to your business.
Understand IT (at Least a Little)
This is an obvious point, but often overlooked by SMB leadership -- within the information technology (IT) profession, there exist a huge spectrum of specific skills and career paths. Assuming an IT professional is going to be able to do everything from strategic planning to firewall implementation to data backup to programming is similar to thinking a doctor is going to be able to perform surgery.
There are specific skills and training required for the various aspects of IT. Don’t assume that your current IT staff, who are already experts in their profession, have the capability or desire to take on a different set of skills.
If your business is large enough and has specific security needs, it can make sense to identify and nurture in-house talent so that person can be your cybersecurity expert with ongoing support and professional training/education.
Work With a Managed IT Company
Rather than wasting time and energy attempting to hire in-house expertise, consider outsourcing your security to an IT managed services provider.