Sought af­ter It skills

Singapore Business Review - - FIRST -

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.”

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