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Bolstering Cybersecurity in 2024: The Reskilling Imperative

Cyber Security January 10, 2024
Bolstering Cybersecurity in 2024: The Reskilling Imperative


  • The rise in data theft has become a major concern for organizations around the world.
  • Data breaches can be very costly, with the average cost for small businesses ranging from $120,000 to $1.24 million.
  • Organizations are increasingly focusing on data security and privacy to protect themselves from data breaches.
  • A study conducted by Draup found that 58% of organizations prioritize data security, 45% prioritize privacy, and 41% emphasize cybersecurity analytics.
  • There is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, which is making it difficult for organizations to find the talent they need.
  • AI-powered reskilling is the top solution to bridging the cybersecurity talent gap.
  • In the era of rapid digital advancements, the surge in data theft has emerged as a critical concern for organizations worldwide.  

    Personal breaches, ranging from the infiltration of sensitive personal information to the compromise of confidential corporate data, strike at the heart of organizational integrity. 

    The financial toll of a data breach is particularly pronounced for small businesses, where the average cost spans a daunting spectrum—from $120,000 to a staggering $1.24 million.  

    This financial burden not only threatens the economic viability of these enterprises but also underscores the urgency of fortifying digital defenses. 

    With the increasing frequency and sophistication of data breaches, organizations are pivoting towards reinforcing their frontline defense by focusing on Data Security and Privacy. 

    This white paper explores the escalating need for reskilling in cybersecurity to address the growing skills gap, providing insights into the challenges, strategies, and benefits associated with this transformative process. 

    Cybersecurity Priorities: 

    A survey conducted by Draup on 300+ leading companies revealed that 58% of organizations prioritize Data Security, 45% prioritize Privacy, and 41% emphasize Cybersecurity analytics.  

    This underlines the strategic shift in organizational priorities towards safeguarding sensitive information. 

    Yet, as organizations strive to fortify their digital ramparts, a formidable challenge emerges—the demand for emerging skills in Data Security and Identity Access Management.  

    The landscape is fraught with obstacles: a shortage of relevant talent, the inflation of talent costs, and a fierce competition for skilled professionals. These challenges underscore the urgent need for a transformative approach. 

    AI-powered reskilling emerges as a strategic solution to bridge the Cybersecurity talent gap. 

    Reskilling Cybersecurity Talent: 

    In today’s dynamic talent market, where skills are a currency of their own, organizations must navigate the complexities of reskilling with agility.  

    This section unveils three strategic pillars designed to expedite the reskilling process, fostering a seamless transition towards a fortified cybersecurity workforce.

    1. Identifying Internal Roles Suitable for Reskilling Transition:

    The first pillar of a reskilling strategy revolves around internal talent. System Engineers, Network Engineers, and Systems Administrators, equipped with overlapping security skills, emerge as prime candidates for reskilling.

    Cybersecurity2. Assessing Reskilling Feasibility and Duration:

    Conducting a meticulous skill gap analysis stands as the linchpin for optimizing the reskilling transition. This is vital in gauging the feasibility and duration of reskilling programs. Through a thorough examination of existing skill sets, organizations can identify gaps, charting a precise course for reskilling initiatives. 

    3. Mapping Relevant Courses for Faster Learning:

    The third pillar focuses on tailoring reskilling programs based on skill gaps, ensuring a swift and effective learning journey. By mapping relevant courses to identified skill gaps, organizations provide reskilling participants with a roadmap that aligns with the specific demands of critical Cybersecurity roles.  

    Reskilling Case Study: Turning a Systems Engineer into a Cybersecurity Engineer 

    This reskilling case study delves into the transformative journey of a Systems Engineer into a proficient Cybersecurity Engineer. System Engineers, possessing foundational proficiency in Security Governance and Data Security, serve as prime candidates for reskilling.

    Reskilling Case Study

    The study reveals a successful transition period of 3-4 months, demonstrating the agility and efficiency inherent in a well-crafted reskilling program. 

    The acquisition of skills in Identity Access Management, Threat Intelligence, and other pivotal areas is necessary.  

    This not only facilitates a seamless shift but also ensures that reskilled individuals are well-equipped to tackle the evolving challenges of cybersecurity. 

    Benefits of Reskilling:

    1. Employee Satisfaction: Reskilled employees, leveraging their functional skills overlap, can readily embrace new Cybersecurity workloads and skills. Learning new skills enhances personal satisfaction and boosts self-esteem.

    System Engineers, equipped with existing skill sets like Security Monitoring and Implementation, are better prepared to adapt to changing workloads, ensuring quick adjustment to the demands of Cybersecurity roles.

    2. Cost Savings: Reskilling reduces the attrition rate by offering viable career paths to employees in disrupted job roles. This strategic shift not only benefits the workforce but also leads to significant cost savings for employers.

    The cost of reskilling an existing employee is estimated to be 6-7% lower than the cost of hiring a new employee. Reskilled employees, familiar with the company’s infrastructure, identify and solve problems quickly, contributing to overall operational efficiency. 

    The Bottomline: 

    Closing the cybersecurity skills gap through reskilling offers a strategic and cost-effective solution to the escalating challenges posed by data theft and cyber threats.  

    Organizations can leverage existing internal talent, provide meaningful career paths, and enhance overall cybersecurity resilience. Embracing reskilling not only fortifies organizational defenses but also contributes to employee satisfaction and long-term cost savings. 

    Reskilling is essential for cybersecurity talent, and businesses that opt for personalized reskilling will be less likely to face a cybersecurity talent shortage in the future.  

    Draup for Talent is an AI-powered talent intelligence platform that delivers H.R. leaders with data-backed insights into the global talent modelingt modelling, and reskilling pathways suitable to manage talent faster and drive company-wide reskilling initiatives or hire quality talent.

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