According to India’s leading staffing firm, TeamLease Services, India’s cybersecurity demand was at 10% of the total IT requirement. Once the lockdown lifts, the requirement is expected to go up to 20%. The market for cybersecurity services is set to grow exponentially. A large portion of this demand will be driven by remote workers.
Rama Vedarshee, chief executive of Data Security Council of India said, “In such a scenario, cybersecurity assumes a rather more critical role. It is widely expected that during and after the pandemic, the demand for cybersecurity professionals would go up as the attack surface would immensely widen and organizations would need to further beef up their cybersecurity posture.”
The lockdown has led to professionals working from home. The surge in internet usage has created an opportunity for cybercriminals to launch a wave of ransomware and phishing attacks. The shortage of skilled security professionals has further exacerbated the problem.
IT professionals need to stay updated with the advancements in cybersecurity tools and techniques. Many processes including threat detection, vulnerability management are now getting automated with the adoption of macho relearning. But that doesn’t mean that organisations can rely on automation for cybersecurity. They will still need cybersecurity professionals to manage automated tools.
The shortage will impact the Indian IT industry in the near future. This can be filled by trained cybersecurity professionals. There is an increase in the availability of industry-led training and certification programs. Formal institutes are providing cybersecurity training, specialised programs with a hands-on approach to prevent and deal with attacks.