Ram Sidis, CEO of the Society for the Economy and Economy of Local Government in an interview with Nir Kipnis and Liat Ron at the Local Government Conference 2022 (Stills: Reuven Castro, Video: Niv Aaronson)
The past year has been a turning point for the cyber industry.
The Russia-Ukraine war, which was actually dubbed the "first cyber war", and alongside it the steep increase in cyber attacks on business entities, put the cyber threat at the forefront and presented to the whole world the dangers and challenges we face.
These changes created an understanding among countries, companies and organizations, that they must establish a protection system as soon as possible, and at the same time, they ushered us into a new era.
If in the past, the development of a cyber defense system was the exclusive property of countries and giant entities, today it is a challenge that requires small and large organizations alike.
Beyond the geopolitical changes and the adaptations that countries and giant bodies have been forced to make, these dramatic changes also require almost every employee to make the self-adjustment to the new world in which we find ourselves, whether this requires actual professional retraining, or specific adjustments and professional training, which are required in order to remain relevant and adapt to the changes taking place in the labor market, including the transition to remote work and hybrid work, while providing a better starting point in the market.
Severe shortage of cyber people
Ronit Hossein Hochman. (Photo: Yanai Yehiel)
As a result of the transformation that the cyber field has undergone, the past year closed with the publication of an extraordinary report by the ISC, which reveals that in the cyber industry worldwide there is currently a shortage of approximately 3.5 million workers.
You read that correctly, 3.5 million vacancies, which means thousands of organizations around the world who are exposed to cyber attacks that could harm them at any given moment, but lack the ability to defend against them due to the tremendous lack of professionals.
If that is not enough, according to the report, close to 70% of the organizations that have a cyber defense system, claim that They still suffer from a lack of manpower which prevents them from producing an efficient array as required.
By the way, if you thought that this is a problem that has nothing to do with us, then as abroad, so in Israel, the unusual shortage in the industry and the fact that the Israeli technology market is similar in its characteristics to the international market, has created a situation in which there is also an acute shortage of workers in the industry in Israel.
The hot potato of the job market
It has often been said that crises bring with them opportunities and so it is in the case of the cyber industry.
The global and local shortage of workers have made those with an education in the field a hot potato in the labor market.
Add to all these the sharp drop in demand for programmers and here you have the new trendy profession of the high-tech industry.
A reference to this can even be seen in the ISC report, according to which 50% of the companies that suffer from a shortage of personnel in the field or from the lack of staff to establish a defense system, will be willing to provide a dedicated budget that will help them find competent and suitable employees.
As we have already understood, the labor market The global and the local have been undergoing significant changes in recent times. The high-tech industry is in an alarming decline, led by the steep drop in the demand for programmers who were considered the golden egg of the job market.
Alongside this trend, technological developments such as CHAT GPT and Midgerani are slowly beginning to erode the status of the content and marketing industries, when it is not far today that professions such as marketing or digital managers, a large part of their activity revolves around content creation, may fall into a trend similar to what is happening in the market the programming.
Add to all of this the fact that the world has long since become a global village where a cyber man of Ziona can work for a company in Canada, and you will understand the magnitude of the opportunity and potential in the cyber industry.
The year 2022 was the year of the cyber "big bang" and in my estimation, one does not need to be a bold gambler to predict that the demands of 2022 will continue to strengthen in 2023.
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If in the past every Jewish mother dreamed that her son would be a doctor, and today's mothers dreamed until recently that the child would be a high-tech programmer, it is time to start memorizing the words SOC ANALYST.
Cyber defense studies and the acquisition of tools and skills in this field will give professionals who already work in other fields, such as marketing and digital, a significant advantage in the modern employment market.
It is not just new employees, who come to the field without prior knowledge, but also experienced digital and software professionals, who manage valuable data and digital assets for themselves and their clients.
Arming themselves with knowledge and training in the cyber worlds will give their abilities an additional and even necessary layer in the current era, which will place them at a significantly better starting point in the race for the coveted jobs in the market.
Ronit Hassin Hochman is the CEO of IMPROVATE, which connects Israeli technology companies with markets around the world.
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