Edinburgh-based recruiter adds to its expanding IT division
Scottish recruitment firm Eden Scott has introduced a cyber security section to its ever-expanding IT division to help meet the growing demand for talent in this area.
It has appointed Gareth Henry as a cyber security specialist following three years with another recruiter where he was national manager.
In November 2016, the UK Government reiterated its commitment to tackling the issue of cyber security by investing £1.9 billion over the next five years.
A recent report from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) indicated that 75% of IT experts from across the UK believe there is a talent shortage in the cyber security sector and that an average of 15% of jobs in this area will go unfilled by 2020.
Eden Scott says it has looked to move early into this area, particularly in the Scottish market where it claims there are very few specialists in the sector.
New recruit Henry says that, given the importance to both brand reputation and profit margins, he believes the shortage lies not with those developing the products but with those implementing the strategies to reduce the risk to companies.
He said: “Information security is now becoming a commercial differentiator. Companies are able to trade on the level of security they can offer.
“The fact that security standards are impacting on the ability to tender for government contracts and that new legislation introduced to punish firms for failing to hit standards has been introduced means proficiency in this area is essential to success.”
Guy Martin, founding partner at Eden Scott, who is keen to highlight the commercial benefit to both clients and Eden Scott, said: “We know companies are differentiating themselves by the security levels they offer but it’s clear there is a real shortage of expertise in this area, particularly at the strategic level.
“If we can help the companies we work find the right cyber security expertise it will only help our business as we move into 2017.”