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The painstaking fight against cybercrime is hampered by a shortage of personnel

Published: 14.05.2022 – 13:52

Data held hostage, ransom demanded to restore access to your computer: cyberattacks in the world are becoming “more and more numerous and sophisticated.”

Companies as well as individuals are victims of these computer hacks. A disaster exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, which cost more than $6 billion in 2021 alone, according to the head of the Italian aeronautics and defense giant, Leonardo Alessandro Profumo.

One fifth of these attacks affect European countries. Reason: lack of specialists in the market, especially in Europe. “Currently, the French market is short of 80,000 engineers, and by 2024 it will be 200,000,” explains Philippe Trouchot, Technology Specialist at PWC PriceWatersCooperf. According to him, a sector largely undersupplied with skilled labor:

It is estimated that around 2 million professionals are missing in the cybersecurity market today, there are studies that estimate that this figure should be between 500,000 and 800,000 professionals for Europe.

Another major problem, he says, is that IT professionals are poorly trained in cybersecurity. “There was a survey of computer scientists. Only 44% thought they had basic cybersecurity skills. This does not explain the attacks, but it explains that companies are struggling to move forward on this issue, ”he assures Arian Gaffouri from the economics department into the microphone.

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