Cloud and Security Skill Sets Dominate for 2019

My niece is employed as a recruiter and I happened to come across a post she had shared regarding Robert Half Technology’s State of Tech Hiring in Canada. I’ve always appreciated their survey data for hiring trends and in demand skill sets. What was interesting this year is just how much the cloud skill set dominated the in demand needs as well as in demand training.

If you are too nervous to follow the link I placed above (I can’t blame you), here is a summary of the survey results.

Top Skills in Immediate Demand

  1. Cyber Security
  2. Cloud Security
  3. Business Intelligence*
  4. Cloud Computing*
  5. Cloud Architecture

*Denotes a tie

Top Business Concerns

  1. Maintaining security of IT systems
  2. Cloud projects or initiatives
  3. Innovation or helping grow the business

I am really encouraged by these results as I’m glad to see cyber security being prioritized as a business concern and necessary skill set (see bias note below). It is also nice to see security being combined with cloud as more organizations continue to expand their cloud strategies.

One of the main issues I see with this list is the shortage of skilled cyber security and cloud computing professionals, especially for small and medium sized companies that struggle to compete with the large enterprise compensation packages. The report lists 89% of organizations finding it challenging to find IT talent in their area. As a result, organizations are trying to overcome the skill set shortage by training internal resources in these areas as demonstrated by the following results.

Top Skill Set Training Priorities

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. Security
  3. Project Management
  4. Data Science
  5. Etc…

Now there’s obviously a self serving component to my blog post and I’m aware of my bias. That said, I think all of us here at Keep Secure are excited to be working in such a challenging and dynamic area that continues to grow.

How Can Keep Secure Help?

Keep Secure is able to help in a multitude of ways regarding cloud computing and cyber security. We are available to provide guidance, training and assessments or augment your current team.

When we hire here at Keep Secure, we look for a passion to do things correctly and an attitude of helpfulness. We bring these core values to every engagement as we only succeed when you succeed.

Reach out to us for any questions or assistance you may need!


About Sean Gowing

Sean Gowing, a distinguished cyber security professional, has an impressive track record as a CISO at various high-growth companies. Sean brings extensive industry experience and a deep understanding of the global regulation landscape, both current and upcoming. He has successfully worked with numerous companies through M&A activities and funding rounds, providing invaluable expertise in ensuring cyber security readiness during such critical business transitions. Known for his innovative mindset and proactive approach, Sean continually pushes the boundaries of cyber security, establishing robust security frameworks that safeguard sensitive information while driving growth and innovation within organizations. With his comprehensive knowledge and strategic guidance, Sean enables companies to navigate regulatory complexities, achieve rapid time-to-market, and confidently navigate the ever-evolving cyber landscape.

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