Gary Denman, vice-president ANZ at McAfee, made his comments in response to a report from the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia revealing that 93% of Australian CIOs say they are willing to hire foreign talent, and highlighting that 88% of CIOs believe it is more challenging to source qualified IT professionals now compared to five years ago – forcing many CIOs to hire talent still on the pathway to growth.
And his comments follow a report in iTWire, that skilled migrants have been an “overwhelming net positive” for the Australian economy and particularly sought after for filling skilled IT positions like developer programmers and ICT business analysts.
“It's hence more critical than ever to improve the retention rates and skills of current staff through better training and incentives,” Denman said.
“A recent McAfee report found 89% of cybersecurity professionals would leave their job now with the right incentive.
“Gamification is an increasingly important resource to help deliver high-performing cybersecurity teams, with 77% of senior managers agreeing that their organisation's cybersecurity would be much safer if they implemented more gamification.
“Gamification can significantly increase knowledge and skills among IT staff of how breaches can occur, how to avoid becoming a victim of a breach and how to best react to a breach.”
Denman concluded: “Increasingly we're also seeing automation as a way to meet the demand for more skills in the face of an increasingly sophisticated threat landscape where it's becoming near impossible to keep up with ever-evolving threat vectors.
“Given the high levels of staff turnover at many organisations, it is essential for CIOs to consider long term, sustainable methods to fill this cybersecurity skills gap rather than temporary solutions."