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July 4, 2019

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The skillset of tomorrow’s security leaders

Work has changed, and with it the security industry.

James Morris, head of security solutions at Aon UK, outlined the opportunities and risks presented by this shifting landscape, and what security professionals must do to adapt to it in IFSEC International 2019’s Future of Security Theatre powered by Tavcom Training.

Over the last decade, businesses have increasingly moved away from looking simply at physical security. These days, the value of assets has changed, and property loss is no longer such a critical danger.

Instead, information is one of the most important assets, and as a result cybersecurity has become the order of the day. Business has had to evolve to mitigate the new interconnected risks born out of an increasingly interconnected world.

A robust security strategy starts by investing in people

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A survey of global CEOs by PWC revealed that businesses tend to consider geopolitical and cyber threats as the most significant risks – more than terrorism, which was ranked as low as 13th. But one of the key security threats to businesses that too often goes underreported is the industry’s dangerous skill shortage.

That’s why a robust security strategy starts by investing in people. People are one of the most valuable assets a company possesses – but also a significant risk.

Employees who are poorly trained in security procedure can be an underappreciated backdoor for physical and cyber threats. In his book Ghost in the Wires, career criminal-turned-consultant Kevin Mitnick relates how his first port of call when targeting a business would be its employees, to exploit potential weaknesses.

But too many CEOs and leaders aren’t properly informed about the risks posed by poorly trained employees, or the advantages of training them.

The ideal security leader, according to James Morris, should be a combination of the skillsets of James Bond, International Monetary Fund president Christine Lagarde, Steve Jobs, Google’s “Security Princess” Parisa Tabriz, and JK Rowling. Teams ought to embrace a diversity of skills and viewpoints, building networks outside of traditional fields.

These highly-trained, diverse security leaders can mentor and train employees and help plug the holes left by uninformed professionals. Investing in people is the key to removing the threats and embracing the opportunities of the future, and keeping up with the pace of change.

But a World Economic Forum report has established a mixed vision of that future: by 2022, 75 million jobs will have been lost to automation – but 133 million will have been created. This speaks to a world fraught with risks but bristling with opportunities with which security professionals must contend.

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