The impact of the pandemic in the past 1.5 years has changed the business and technology landscape completely. With remote work being the norm today, the outlook towards enterprise security has changed considerably. With an increase in online and virtual activities, cybercriminals have attacked with increased vigor due to the increased opportunities for targeting people. This is corroborated by the 2021 Gartner CIO survey, which states that 64% of employees today are able to work from home. Online work that was only available to executives and senior staff is now widely available to a lot more employees. From an enterprise security perspective, this requires a complete change of policies and processes, as the concept of the perimeter has disappeared.
While demand for enterprise security skills has rocketed, there is still a huge gap between demand and supply. In early 2019, Gartner had predicted that there would be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by end 2019. The global pandemic has amplified this shortage.