Cybersecurity is at the top of the agenda today in many boardrooms and executive suites. Two recent books of essays published by Forbes, in association with Palo Alto Networks—Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers—Australiaand Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers—Singapore—offer expert guidance. This advice is tailored for directors and officers of Australian and Singaporean companies and organizations.
Bad actors can now find a way into a system through the most obscure and innocent means: a click-through on an emailed photo of your daughter’s soccer match, the billing system of a trusted vendor—even systems that were not meant to be connected to the public Internet, such as an industrial control system or an MRI machine.
One example of the way these guides are tailored to issues in their respective regions: the Australia guide includes an essay on the cybersecurity skills gap. The lack of skilled and experienced cybersecurity professionals is a concern, yet career paths within the field remain unclear and job titles can be confusing. There is often a discrepancy in compensation expectations between employers and applicants. Rather than building talent from within, many organizations poach from each other, which merely shuffles the existing talent pool.
Yet recruitment agencies don’t do much head-hunting overseas to fill these positions in Australia, and cybersecurity is still not on the list of professions for skilled migrants, despite Australia’s location near Asia, which has many skilled cybersecurity workers. In fact, there has been something of a brain drain in the field, mostly to the U.S., where cybersecurity superstars can earn huge salaries. Given the rapidly rising demand for these skills, all these factors must be addressed.