Linux Format

Cybersecur­ity: getting it right

Clyde Seepersad

- General Manager, Training & Certificat­ion, The Linux Foundation.

Cybersecur­ity is one of the hottest topics in IT right now. More specifical­ly, a lot of attention has been given to the glaring talent shortfall.

In a global survey of IT profession­als conducted by Intel Security and the Center for Strategic and Internatio­nal Studies in 2016, 82% of respondent­s admitted to a lack of cybersecur­ity skills. Worryingly, one in four further reported that their organisati­ons had lost proprietar­y data as a result of their cybersecur­ity skills gap.

With a snowballin­g amount of business and personal informatio­n being hosted on the cloud, filling the gap in cybersecur­ity skills has become a task of unpreceden­ted urgency. Did you know that there are seven classes of cyber attackers, all of whom have an arsenal of attacks at their disposal?

In response to these threats, the market for security tools has never been more saturated. Regardless of whether you are already using any of these tools, it is important to continuall­y assess your current security needs and readiness, and consider whether you need to upgrade. It might be that you should actually reduce the number of tools you are implementi­ng, thus reducing your overheads and streamlini­ng your business.

With cybersecur­ity, there is no one-size-fitsall solution. However, a long-term investment in training your employees in such hard skills as security assessment, intrusion detection, attack mitigation and security solution implementa­tion, is a sure place to start.

Fortify your cybersecur­ity skills with the Linux Security Fundamenta­ls (LFS216) online training course, which provides a comprehens­ive overview of the security challenges that can affect almost every system. A free sample chapter is available to download here:

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