And it is that digital acceleration, in addition to bringing great benefits, has also imposed technological challenges that have opened parallel gaps between the number and sophistication of cyberattacks and the needs to develop skills in cybersecurity. All this for the containment and mitigation of incidents within organizations, regardless of the sector to which they belong.
In fact, Microsoft predicts that by 2025, there will be 3.5 million open cybersecurity jobs worldwide. Currently, only in Latin America there is a lack of 701,000 professionals in this field, according to the 2021 Cyber Workforce Report of (ISC)two.
Regarding Mexico, in particular, Microsoft currently estimates a deficit of more than 260,000 professionals in this field. This could be a driver of one of the legislative initiatives on cybersecurity that raises the possibility of creating the University of Information Technologies, Communications and Innovation.
However, it is important to appreciate that the defense of the digital environment goes beyond a degree or engineering; The development of multiple skills and a consultative approach are required, not only to diagnose a cyber attack, but also to include a containment strategy and the development of effective defense capabilities, as well as cyber resilience.
According to the report, the State of Cyber Resilience 2022, published by the insurance broker Marsh, we have made little or no progress from 2019 to date regarding the confidence of various executives of leading organizations in sectors such as cybersecurity, IT, management risk and insurance, finance and executive leadership.
Even mistrust grew, since, in 2019, 20% had high confidence in their cyberattack mitigation or prevention capabilities, while today this number has dropped to 12%, that is, 88% do not believe they are capable of defending your organization in the face of growing cybersecurity threats.