ContractorUK has identified three large areas where IT contractors’ skills will be required the most this year – one of which is information security and governance. Additionally, roles that will be most sought after this year includes security engineers, security consultants and security analysts to name a few. This is most likely due to the GDPR legislation which will come into effect around May 2018. The GDPR is the EU General Data Protection for individuals within the EU which also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. Despite Britain’s departure from the EU and the impending Article 50 which may be triggered in these next few weeks, the UK will need to comply with the GDPR legislation.
Another factor of the increasing cyber security related contracts includes the growing number of cyber-attacks. Last year there were a reported 230,000 cyber-attacks on UK businesses, according to a report compiled by Beaming (ISP). It is evidently clear that many UK businesses will need to strengthen their online security as the impending 2018 GDPR legislation carries with it a hefty fine of up to 20million Euros or at least 4% of the company’s turnover.
The chancellor, Philip Hammond, gave a speech at the National Cyber Security Centre opening last month and stated that businesses need to ‘sharpen [their] approach’ to prevent cyber-attacks. The government itself will be ‘investing another £1.9 billion’ to defend against cyber-attacks as they are ‘increasing in their frequency’.
With around 83% of UK businesses online, it should be understood that cyber-attacks are a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ thus it is better to be proactive rather than reactive with cyber-security. Many companies are preparing to defend themselves against such cyber-attacks as Thale’s 2017 Data Threat Report indicates a massive 73% of organisations worldwide intend to increase their IT security spending within the next year.
Organisations need skilled IT workers with a greater understanding of cyber security. Many IT contractors will have had a lot more exposure to and expertise with cyber security thus will be more appealing to businesses. According to a cyber security report released by Robert Half, 27% of employers are looking to increase the number of IT security contractors in the next 12 months.
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