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Closing the Cloud Skills Gap at your Organization

Posted 5.21.21 by
Laurel Burton
Blog

In just one example of the current shortage of qualified personnel with Cloud skills, cybersecurity staffing problems are reported in over 65% of organizations. The resulting statistic is that 56% of organizations report experiencing moderate or extreme risk.

The (ISC)² Cybersecurity report surveyed over 3700 security professionals predicting that “the global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow 89% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets.” This dearth of available resources is compounded by a YoY 15% increase in salary requirements. (Cybersecurity Analysts today average $103K+)  Most organizations may need to make difficult and expensive staffing decisions as their business expands. The continuing move to cloud native and increase in Digital Transformations will exacerbate this situation.

What’s the Options?

Building the required cloud skills within your organization should include the following:

  • Cyber Security (Access, software/SaaS, virtualization, APIs, compliance, evolving threats.)
  • Cloud Computing (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, virtualization, public – private – hybrid clouds.)
  • Cloud Architecture (Design and blueprint for cloud computing solution: front & backend platforms, cloud delivery, cybersecurity and DevOps.)
  • IT governance & compliance (Assure IT governance policy and frameworks.)
  • Business intelligence (Software and services analysis resulting in actionable planning.)
  • Software and SaaS implementation (Implement and integrate evolving software and SaaS solutions.)
  • DevOps (Methodologies and tools for the automation of processes and development.)
  • Advanced tools (AI, Big Data, Data Visualization, Machine Learning, Automation are just a few of the advanced skills that may be required for your cloud-transformed business.)

A quick look at the average of today’s salaries for these positions indicates a whopping (and well deserved) $750K total to fill the 8 positions- if you can find them. And that’s not fully loaded costs. As is well known, employee training is an investment that improves retention and may also help solve the Cloud IT resource problem. For example, to fill the gap for a Cyber Security specialist, the CISSP (Certified Information Security Services Professional) can take from 6 days to 6 months to achieve. The timeframe is dependent on current experience and security knowledge level of the individual. Achieving proficiency in Business Intelligence (BI) is largely a matter of experience, training and certification(s) on the tools utilized by your company. These tools can include data visualization, data modeling, decision-support systems, database management systems, and data warehousing systems. There is a boundless number of resources and online trainings/certifications available to assist the cloudification of your IT team.

Managed Services can Fill Gaps

 Partnering with a certified compliant Cloud Services Provider (CSP) can fill many IT staffing gaps and assure your transformation to cloud meets the required regulations and governance. Managed Services allows you to deploy a solution using established and trusted services and also gain the  benefit of CSP product support teams experience. Specialized assistance with advanced solutions like Cloud Migration or Digital Transformation can be served via an engagement with your CSP professional services team. A trusted relationship with your CSP can fill many staffing gaps and expedite your ability to achieve the economic and competitive benefits of your digital strategies.

If you’re looking for solutions that drive the complexity out of cloud implementation and management, and the mystery out of delivering the cloud’s economic benefits, Otava can help. Otava Gen3 Cloud offers simple-to-use compliant cloud services that put you in control. That’s it. Prepackaged services are tailored to your unique needs, with backup and continuity tools at your fingertips. Expertise and implementation assistance are always available to supplement any gaps in your current IT capabilities. Consider our secure, compliant Gen3 Cloud Solutions managed by a team of experts trained in the latest security best practices. Call 877-740-5028 or contact us to learn more.

Additional Information

Cloud Security Governance

Cloud Security Governance, is a model used to maintain security through policies and controls across all teams, infrastructure and network access.

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About Otava

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