Keynote 2: Diversifying the Cybersecurity Talent Pool and AI Augmentation
The 5G era revolutionises the way that mobile networks work, yet legacy generations will remain operational for years to come. Investing in the best talent to protect future and legacy networks in the worsening global skills shortage is challenging. AI augmentation may offer some scope to counter the skills shortage as well as potentially enhance job satisfaction for overstretched security workers. However, AI will not offset the visible lack of diversity and stagnating workforce in the IT security industry. A 2017 survey commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Information Security found that an astonishing 89% of workers in the IT security industry are male. According to Kaspersky Lab, a lack of understanding about cyber security as well as a lack of female role models and influencers in the field are dissuading women’s participation in these roles. Lack of diversity will limit innovation and inhibit an organisation’s ability to mitigate cyber threats. This session will explore how the industry can address the security skills shortage and diversify the talent pool.