GISEC 2015: Cyber security skills gap ‘getting worse’, warns Help AG

Rapid changes proving challenging, says company’s technology director

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GISEC 2015: Cyber security skills gap ‘getting worse’, warns Help AG Solling: Every year there are new things we have to deal with.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 28, 2015

The skills gap within the ICT security sector is "getting worse and worse", according to Help AG's director of technology services, Nicolai Solling.

Speaking to at Dubai's Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) 2015, Solling highlighted the uphill struggle cyber-security companies and departments are facing in coming to terms with the escalating threat level.

"Skills are very difficult to develop in security because of the rapid evolution of the field," Solling said. "Every year there are new things we have to deal with. One of the big topics at this year's RSA conference was cloud. It's a whole new ball-game for security because you can no longer, as an organisation, necessarily define your security policy for specific cloud applications. You buy into the security of the Microsofts and the Googles of the world."

As a systems integrator Help AG always participates in events like GISEC with its partners. This year, the company is showcasing one of its more recent cohorts, Cisco.

"If you look at the Cisco portfolio, we have a long story [with them]," said Solling. "We were the first partner in Europe for IronPort. When we moved into the Middle East in 2004, IronPort was part of our first portfolio of services. We've also done SourceFire for a very long time."

Cisco bought IronPort in January 2007, according to the company's website. The solution offers a suite of email and Web security gateway and management products, now called Cisco Email Security and Cisco Web Security. SourceFire was acquired in October 2013 and, in a single month, Cisco announced it had integrated SourceFire's products into its security suite.

"We, as a company had a little bit of a challenge with [Cisco's portfolio] because we are not normally focused on data centre, routers and switches, but what we've seen in the last 12 months is strong motivation from Cisco to identify specific partners that would only be focusing on security products, so we decided to sign up with them," Solling explained.

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