As businesses and consumers adopt new technologies, the potential for cyber attacks is increasing. Yet, Canada’s cybersecurity talent pipeline is not keeping up.
New advancements in technology, such as artificial intelligence and ubiquitous payments, are proving that our world is more interconnected than ever before. We are becoming increasingly reliant on technology to assist us with both our professional and personal lives. In the past year, generative artificial intelligence has proven that new digital tools can be adopted quickly by Canadians, without understanding the potential they pose. To ensure we are maintaining advanced cybersecurity infrastructures, we must invest and grow our cybersecurity talent pipeline.
In today’s interconnected world, data is the most valuable asset of any small, medium, or large organization. With cybercrime increasing 600 percent since the start of the pandemic, the key to securing this data is implementing privacy infrastructures and hiring cybersecurity professionals to keep business and consumer data protected. Yet, according to recent research, one in six cybersecurity roles in Canada go unfilled and with how quickly technology -and cybercrime – is advancing, projections show that Canada needs 10% more trained professional a year for the foreseeable future.