The cybersecurity skills gap has been building for years. A major turning point can be traced back to the attacks of September 11, 2001, when national security — including cybersecurity — took the front stage. Since that time the problem and the focus have grown considerably.
By 2010 the U.S. Cyber Command was established at Fort Meade, Maryland and cyberspace were declared an important military domain. When Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI in 2012, he testified to congress about his belief that cyber risks were likely to surpass the risk of terrorism to national security. A few years later, James Clapper, the U.S. The Director of National Intelligence, also testified in congress, citing cybersecurity as a global risk. “The consequences of innovation and increased reliance on information technology in the next few years on both our society’s way of life in general and how we in the intelligence community specifically perform our mission will probably be far greater in scope and impact than ever,” he said.1
And here we are today. In the last five years, losses due to cybercrime in the U.S. have gone from $1.4 billion to $6.9 billion.2 In terms of growth, by far the largest has been seen in phishing attacks. In 2021, phishing attacks had grown to be more than 12 times higher than they were in 2021.2 That’s an unimaginable increase of 1,178%. No business sector has been spared and no company is too small or too large to be excluded.
How Big Is the Cybersecurity Skills Gap?
Though the cybersecurity workforce gap has been steadily decreasing, there is still a need for more than 2.72 million positions to be filled. Said differently, the 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study found that the global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow 65% to effectively defend an organization’s critical assets.3 While the cybersecurity gap remains, critical systems, infrastructures, and businesses are under-protected.
Doing Our Part to Stay Safe
Closing the cybersecurity skills gap will require an ongoing effort from the government, educational institutions, industries, and more. We need talented professionals trained to combat all types of cyber threats, especially the myriad ones found in phishing attacks, including:
- Account Takeovers
- Brand Forgery
- Business Email Compromise (BEC)
- CEO Fraud
- Data Breaches
- Spear Phishing
- Zero-Day Attacks
Remaining safe from phishing scams requires the help of a third party. INKY not only has the technology you need to detect and prevent phishing attacks, but INKY also helps train and educate your employees. Not only will they better understand the cyber threats facing your organization, but they’ll also be better equipped to act in the best interests of your company. For those reasons, INKY has come to be known as the behavioral email security platform.
In many ways, INKY acts as a cybersecurity coach, signaling suspicious behaviors with interactive banners that guide users to take safe action on any device or email client. IT teams don’t face the burden of filtering every email themselves or maintaining multiple systems. Through powerful technology and intuitive user engagement, INKY keeps phishers out for good.
MSPs Love INKY Too
As a Managed Service Provider (MSP), every client you have depends on your company to keep their networks, IT infrastructure, and communications platforms up and running, around the clock. It’s not an easy role, especially given the current state of cybersecurity. Be sure your portfolio of services includes the best email security solution available. INKY integrates seamlessly with any email platform and can protect your clients’ inbound, outbound, and internal email. INKY even works on mobile. The reporting features available even allow you to review your clients’ phishing threats and see how employees are handling them.
Fill the cybersecurity skills gap in your company by incorporating INKY into your security stack. Schedule your free demonstration.
INKY is an award-winning, behavioral email security platform that blocks phishing threats, prevents data leaks, and coaches users to make smart decisions. Like a cybersecurity coach, INKY signals suspicious behaviors with interactive email banners that guide users to take safe action on any device or email client. IT teams don’t face the burden of filtering every email themselves or maintaining multiple systems. Through powerful technology and intuitive user engagement, INKY keeps phishers out for good. Learn why so many companies trust the security of their email to INKY. Request an online demonstration today.