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Cybrary 2021 Predictions: That's just the way it is, things will never be the same (in cybersecurity)

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That's just the way it is, things will never be the same (in cybersecurity)

By Ryan Corey, co-founder and CEO, Cybrary

2020 has been unlike any other year before. COVID-19 continues to have an enormous impact on the economic and physical health of the country, while also having dramatic effects on the digital and cyber health of both organizations and employees. However, it has also accelerated many areas of growth with the shift to remote work. Regardless of the quick and grandiose amount of change, this is not entirely unfamiliar to the cybersecurity industry, as it remains in a constant state of change and 2021 will be no different. Whether it's the increase of online training solutions and technologies, a greater emphasis on talent retention and workplace benefits, or specific industries - such as MSPs - feeling the impact more than others, the new year will see a flurry of changes. The cybersecurity industry we once knew just 12, 6, or even a month ago will never be the same as it once was.

Class Is Now In Session: Increased Demand in Online Training & EdTech

COVID-19 accelerated nearly every aspect of cybersecurity, and just like many organizations and users are transitioning to the cloud, they're also shifting their training budgets to online resources. Long gone are the days of registering for in-person training classes at conferences like Black Hat or other industry events like RSA. Cybersecurity training is now being conducted online more than ever before and it's highly unlikely to return to the traditional model in 2021. Not only is working from home here to stay, but so is training from home. The tailwinds for online education and training, especially within the cybersecurity industry, is surging and the resources available will only continue to climb as we enter 2021. The growth of online training for cybersecurity professionals has also led to a ton of M&A activity, as we've recently witnessed the recent consolidations of Linux Academy and Cloud Guru as well as ITProTV and ACI Learning. This trend will continue to be the norm as we enter the New Year as well.

Workplace Perks: Making the Case for Upskilling

2021 will also likely show an increased emphasis by hiring managers and SOC managers on improving training options within their respective organizations in order to scale current employees' career tracks. Cybersecurity talent retention has always been a problem for the industry and average employment time for a cyber professional is only 18 months on average. Therefore, these business leaders will be laser-focused on enhancing the camaraderie and company culture among remote teams and fostering a better work-life balance in order to prevent additional turnover. A more engaged workforce improves the efficiency and security of an organization, while also empowering employees to upskill internally and stay connected to their current company.

The New Maturity Model for MSPs: Online Training

The online training trend has been most prevalent among the managed service provider (MSP) community over the latter half of 2020 and will continue in 2021. MSP customers are asking for more services and support, ranging from DevOps to the cloud, and since the era of remote work is here to stay for the foreseeable future, they'll continue to be some of the biggest adopters of online training. However, larger enterprises are likely to lag behind. Since these companies are still trying to get their other ducks in a row, most notably shifting their entire organization and familiarizing their employees to the cloud, online training is highly unlikely to be at the top of their to-do list.

To 2021 and Beyond...

It can be difficult to accurately predict the future, especially in regards to an industry that can evolve at such a rapid pace. However, by closely following cybersecurity trends and recent industry research, painting a clearer picture for 2021 can be a little easier. Taking these predictions into consideration, organizations can make more informed decisions when it comes to how they intend on upskilling and training their employees for the future of cybersecurity.


About the Author

Ryan Corey 

Ryan Corey is the co-founder and CEO of Cybrary, the world's largest cybersecurity learning and certification preparation platform. With over a decade of experience in the IT training space, previously serving as the VP of Marketing and Sales for TrainACE, Ryan is skilled at building data-driven, efficient growth businesses. In 2006, Ryan founded All Around the Home, an online demand generation website for home contractors, which was acquired by Quinstreet in 2008. Ryan has served as an instructor for the Certified Internet Marketing Practitioner certification and as a member of the EC-Council Digital Marketing Advisory Board. In addition to leading Cybrary's vision, Ryan currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Incident Response Consortium and has a passion for advising early-stage startup founders, and was also recently named as one of the "Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2020" by The Software Report. Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Elon University and a master of science degree in International Marketing Management from Boston University.


Published Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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