In an unprecedented Twitter hack in a bitcoin scam, some of the most high profile and verified US Twitter accountsOpens a new window such as Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden and Barack Obama were targeted. Touted to be one of the worst cyberattacks on a major social media platform in recent times, the hacker took control of these accounts and requested donations in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This isn’t the first of the many cyberattacks, in August 2019, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive officer’s account was also hacked.
Huge Gap in Cybersecurity Skills: Should Companies Be Worried?
But the larger question is: Does the latest Twitter hack throw open a huge skills gap in cybersecurity? Are companies doing enough to upskill and train IT employees in terms of data security measures? In a report in November 2019, CNBCOpens a new window shared, there are 2.8 million professionals who work in cybersecurity, and there is a need for an additional 4 million trained workers to close the skills gap and properly protect organizations.
Filling the Cybersecurity Talent Gap
Perhaps the time to define cybersecurity as a business critical and high-demand skill has come. This needs to be followed with actionable steps such as training the current and new workforce. Many young IT professionals choose to work in other technology areas. Designing training programs and certifications on cybersecurity easily accessible to a wider set of individuals is the way forward. An updated course structure, which factors in the sophisticated cyberattacks, can also be made mandatory by organizations for all their technology staff.
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