81 percent of security professionals say skills required for cyber security have changed

Tripwire’s latest study reveals skilled security staff are already harder to find


Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organisations, today announced the results of a study conducted in July by Dimensional Research that examined how organisations are addressing the cyber security skills gap.

According to Tripwire’s study, 93 percent of security professionals are concerned about the cyber security skills gap, and 72 percent believe it is more difficult to hire skilled security staff to defend against today’s complex cyber attacks compared to two years ago. Significantly, 81 percent believe that the skills required to be a great security professional have changed in the past few years.



Twenty percent of respondents said their organisations had hired people with expertise not specific to security over the past two years, and another 17 percent stated they plan to do the same in the next two years. Additionally, Tripwire’s study found that 50 percent plan to invest more heavily in training their existing staff to help with the looming skills shortage.


Tim Erlin, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Tripwire;


“It’s evident that security teams are evolving and maturing with the rest of the cyber security industry, but the pool of skilled staff and training simply aren’t keeping up,” said . “For example, beyond their technical duties, security practitioners may now be expected to spend more time in boardrooms or in the CFO’s office to secure more budget. While the makeup of the cybersecurity workforce may be changing, the fundamentals of protecting an organisation have not. It will be critical during this transition to ensure there’s a long-term strategy in place around maintaining their foundational security controls.”


Tripwire’s study also looked at how organisations expect to tackle the skills gap in the future and found the following:

  • Ninety-one percent plan to supplement their team by outsourcing for skills.
  • Eighty-eight percent believe managed services would add value to solving the skills gap problem.
  • Ninety-eight percent expect other functions like non-security teams to be more involved in cybersecurity moving forward.
  • Ninety-six percent believe that automation will play a role in solving the skills gap in the future.

Erlin added:


“The skills gap doesn’t have to be an operational gap. Security teams shouldn’t overburden themselves by trying to do everything on their own. They can partner with trusted vendors for managed services or subscribe to service plans where outside experts can act as an extension of the team. Organisations should also understand that security is a shared responsibility across different functions, so people from other parts of the business should be involved in the cybersecurity program. And, of course, automation can add value not only in reducing manual work, but also in ensuring that everything is up-to-date and working as it should in real time. Security teams may just need to work more creatively.”

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