Sought after It skills
Nearly 6 in 10 Singaporean Chief Information Officers (CIOS) say IT and data security is the key functional area within IT and technology which will create the most jobs over the next five years. Recruitment firm Robert Half says roles that are in high demand within the security space are cyber-security consultants, IT risk managers, as well as IT risk and compliance managers.
Meanwhile, a PWC study reveals that Singaporean executives are observing an increase in security incidents, with 22% reporting at least three incidents in the past year. Robert Half research confirms data abuse and data integrity as the number one business challenge cited by 59% of Singaporean CIOS.
Taking IT security seriously
“Cyber-attacks have the potential to cause significant financial, operational, and reputational damage, and faced with rising IT security threats, no business operating in Singapore can afford to relax their guard.
It is encouraging to see CIOS anticipating job growth in the cyber-security field as this indicates business leaders are, quite rightly, taking IT security very seriously,” says Matthieu Imbert-bouchard, Managing Director at Robert Half Singapore.
Firms are not only increasingly investing in technology but are also bringing on board IT risk and security professionals. However, notes Imbert-bouchard, companies need to recognise they are competing for a limited pool of IT professionals with the appropriate specialist skills in IT and data security making the skills shortage within IT even more apparent.”