How will skills shortages impact access management?
October 1, 2014

Some of the most common causes of data breaches and access management failures have been tied to poorly configured or integrated systems, as flaws are some of the favorite entry points of hackers and other threats. This can be in relation to applications, devices or even large networks and data centers, while even one vulnerability can lead to devastating consequences with respect to infiltration, breach and other threats to continuity. 

Information governance is now one of the more complex responsibilities of organizations who are operating in virtually every industry around the globe, as simply protecting data through security software and encryption is not going to get the job done. Rather, so many different components and minute details will be directly tied to the overall success or failure of governance and management strategies, highlighting the need for robust comprehension in policies. 

Before the next major issue comes to pass, decision-makers should consider leveraging a combination of dynamic authentication solutions that better thwart unsanctioned access, along with services that ensure each aspect of IT is covered and tightly knit. This way, hackers will not be able to easily break into systems and wreak havoc on sensitive information, which can inherently improve security since most cybercriminals go after the most poorly defended organizations and consumers. 

Skills are falling short
Gartner recently published a report forecasting an imminent skills shortage to hinder organizations’ abilities to expand within the next two years, to the tune of 80 percent of businesses being impacted by 2016. This has been part of a larger, even more concerning prediction that the workforce is simply not being prepared for the future demands of novel technology, and data centers appear to be one of the biggest sources of worry today. 

“While major organizations continue to maintain and sustain their conventional capacity-planning skills and tools, they need to regularly re-evaluate the tools available and develop the capacity and performance management skills present in the Web-scale IT community,” Ian Head, research director at Gartner, asserted. “Web-scale IT organizations do things differently – they learn from one another. Conventional IT organizations can use some of the Web-scale techniques heading for mainstream adoption in the next three years.”

There is no denying that the average business is becoming more digitally driven with the passing of each year, not to mention health care providers, financial institutions and others. Should this shortage begin to reduce the amount of resources available to organizations by way of digital solutions and data storage capacities, the results might end up being disastrous. 

When those tasked with handling the data center are not adequately prepared to do their jobs and maintain the environments with the utmost care, the chances of identity and access management dilemmas will inherently rise. Think back to another prediction Gartner put forth earlier this month that 75 percent of apps will not be secure because of poor configuration, and the dangers of this latest forecast should become clearer. 

What can be done?
The first step is to recognize the value of sound enterprise resource planning when looking at a report such as this one, as those companies that are slowest to the punch with respect to staffing or service contract provisioning will be in the most precarious positions. By acting now to prepare for these future talent shortages, businesses can likely save themselves a lot of trouble – and money. 

Additionally, with the implementation of dynamic authentication solutions which will improve access management regardless of which storage environments are being utilized, can further bolster protection against network infiltration and information exposure.