Canada’s cyber security dream team has 7 key roles

Demand for cyber talent in Canada is increasing 7% per year, 8,000 cybersecurity pros needed between 2016 and 2021.

A nation’s ability to combat cyber crime starts with its ability to develop home-grown tech talent, says a new report.

According The changing faces of cybersecurity: Closing the cyber risk gap. released by Deloitte and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), Canada must take a “human” approach that covets 7 key personas for protecting its digital economy from increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

The report – based on feedback from more than 40 Canadian cybersecurity leaders and 110 Canadian financial services executives – shows that business, government, and academia are all taking steps to close the cyber talent gap. However, their current efforts and traditional approaches may not be sufficient to solve the problem.

“Talent is key to the equation,” says Jennifer Reynolds, TFSA president and CEO. “Yet, 74% of the financial services executives we surveyed are challenged to find the right mix of technical, analytical, and soft skills for cybersecurity roles within their organizations.

That talent mix, according to the report, should include 7 key personas:

  1. Strategist
    Provides direction for the cyber team.
  2. Advisor
    Designs cyber solutions, policies, and procedures.
  3. Defender
    Operates and maintains cybersecurity systems.
  4. Firefighter
    Monitors the cybersecurity environment and systems.
  5. Hacker
    Plays the role of attacker to detect weaknesses.
  6. Scientist
    Analyzes data to uncover hidden vulnerabilities.
  7. Sleuth
    Investigates after an incident occurs.

“Using the framework to think about skills and roles more fluidly will help organizations to move away from narrow role discussions and identify the critical skills and capabilities needed for success in the future,” says Marc MacKinnon, a partner and the Canada Cyber Strategy leader at Deloitte. “As one of the world’s most digitized economies, we have a duty to help reduce the global cyber talent deficit and an opportunity to lead the charge.”

Demand for cyber talent in Canada is increasing 7% per year, with statistics showing Canadian organizations will need to fill approximately 8,000 cybersecurity roles between 2016 and 2021.

This trend is creating unprecedented demand for cybersecurity professionals, making the cyber talent shortage a critical global challenge.

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