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Singapore’s battle against cyber criminals is expected to intensify, with 72 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) detecting more cyber attacks now than 12 months ago.
This is due to a lack of skilled IT security personnel, according to the ‘Cyber security – defending your future’ report, which is commissioned by specialist recruiter Robert Half.
According to the report, 85 percent of Singapore CIOs expect their companies will be attacked more often due to the IT security talent shortage. This is well above the 78 percent average of the eight countries surveyed. The only two countries with a higher percentage than Singapore are Brazil (93 percent) and Japan (87 percent).
Singapore has the highest percentage of CIOs (30 percent) predicting “significantly more” cyber attacks in the next five years. The global average is at 19 percent.
IT leaders said the top three cyber security risks facing Singapore organisations in the next five years are data abuse/data integrity (59 percent), spying/spyware/ransomware (54 percent), and cyber crime (53 percent).
“As demand for new cyber specialists entering the IT market outstrips supply, companies are being forced to reconsider their training and retention programmes,” said David Jones, Senior Managing Director, Robert Half Asia. “They are also recruiting from overseas, partnering with educational organisations and developing flexible hiring strategies that include both permanent and contract specialists.”
Soft skills are highly sought-after for an IT security role
In response to the new wave of cyber security attacks, 23 percent of Singapore CIOs said they will add new permanent IT security professionals to their team in the next 12 months. Twenty-nine percent said they are planning to hire IT professionals for newly added contract positions within their team.
CIOs identified Big Data and data analytics (46 percent), cloud security (46 percent), and application security (38 percent) as the top three technical skills in demand.
However, these competencies also turned out to be amongst the most challenging security roles to find. This thereby highlights the IT security skills gap.
“While technical skills are still must-have competencies for a specific position, soft skills have also become substantially more important,” Jones said. “The ability to analyse data and provide insights, as well as a strong business acumen and communication skills, have developed into highly sought-after skills for an IT security role.”
“The ability to clearly articulate cyber-security issues in a language that senior management and non-IT employees understand increases awareness, and enhances the reputation of the IT department as business partners who add value across the business,” Jones concluded.
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Driven by increasing focus on risk management and cost efficiencies, skillsets in cybersecurity, project management, and IT development are among the top most sought after in Singapore.
Skillsets in cybersecurity, project management, and IT development are among the top most sought after in Singapore, fuelled by growing focus on risk management and cost efficiencies.
IT heads were setting aside budget to safeguard their systems from potential theft and damage and prevent service disruption, pushing the number of jobs available in this space to the highest in the city-state, according to recruitment agency Randstad. It pointed to various roles needed to support cybersecurity operation centres, including intrusion and incident detection and response, malware research, and penetration testing.
Successful candidates could expect annual pay packages, excluding bonuses, of between S$120,000 and S$240,000, but would need to have Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) and Certified Information Systems Risk Manager (CISRM). They also should have knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape as well as techniques.
The country’s second-most sought after skills were in project management and business analysis, as companies looked to gain more cost efficiencies and streamline processes. “We see increase demand for strong project management individuals who are techno-functional and have a track record with delivering technology efficiency, and [are] comfortable with stakeholder management,” Randstad said.
It added that business analysts were needed to “translate” business requirement documents into technical specification documents, and help business users and IT engineers better communicate. Candidates should have knowledge of business operations as well as in-depth technical understanding, and if successful, could earn between S$96,000 to S$180,000 a year, excluding bonuses.
Rounding up the top three most popular skills were application developers, which Randstad said were driven by companies operating centres of excellence in the country.
“A number of major banks are retaining their development centers in Singapore to deliver solutions into the front-, middle-, and backoffice,” it said, noting that developers in the financial sector were required to have knowledge in these areas as well as product control and risk functions.
“However, there is a lack of experienced developers with demand exceeding supply in Singapore, particularly with the influx of dynamic startups that have entered the market with exciting product offerings,” it added.
Among other top 10 IT skills in demand were DevOps, especially as more businesses looked to adopt agile and startup practices, embedded systems development, and mobile development. With more organisations looking to deploy Internet of Things, developers with experience in embedded software and firmware development were in high demand, Randstad said.
Data scientists, cloud experts, user experience designers, and IT engineering professionals rounded up the top 10 list.
“We are increasingly seeing demand for engineering talent, particularly at the vice president and director levels, to make sure companies prosper and stay attractive to investors and the market to which they belong,” the recruitment agency said. “These senior resources will be heavily relied on for their ability to lead and mentor teams of 5 to 50 to ensure deadlines are hit and burn is kept to a minimum. They will also be responsible for executing the strategy and vision not just in the local Singaporean market, but also regionally to ensure consistency in the work delivered.”