In any industry, the ideal situation is when supply, demand, labor and resources to all match up in a perfect symbiotic relationship. In IT and data security, the same holds true – particularly since we have entered an age in which cyber security is paramount to many organizations. Those employed in the IT field may well find that their abilities will be in high demand from companies looking to shore up their digital security department. But there is another reason their skills will be coveted – the IT skills shortage.
IT security pros are growing scarce
In the next year, businesses could find IT professionals to be in short supply, according to Network World. Global research firm ESG will publish its IT Spending Intentions report which is expected to indicate a persistent lack of IT workers, especially in the field of data security. In the study, which polled 591 IT and information security professionals across various organizations, 43 percent of respondents said their company planned to add IT security staff in 2015. On the heels of that response came a related one – 28 percent said their organization had a problematic skills shortage in IT security.
These results are alarming, but they aren't new. IT security has led the study's "problematic shortage of existing skills" category for four straight years. With the onslaught of high-profile, costly cyber attacks in the last year, this skills gap will only become more pronounced as companies attempt to build up their IT security staff and find they cannot. More information from the IT Spending Intentions report will come out in the next few weeks that may indicate an even wider gap. Without an adequate solution, Network World predicts that this discrepancy could result in salary inflation and problems for the mid-market and rural companies that cannot afford to pay top dollar for IT professionals.
With that said, those organizations that are unable to supply the data security their clients need could turn to data centers to hold their information in well-guarded server cabinets.
Data center construction set for growth
While there may be a shortage of IT security professionals among organizations, there is no lack of data centers. In fact, according to Data Center Dynamics, the global data center construction market is forecast to grow from $14.59 billion in 2014 to $22.73 billion by 2019, as per a new report from Research and Market. This expansion would indicate a robust compound annual growth rate of 9.3 percent.
Large data hubs like Facebook, Amazon and Google own and operate several massive data centers where information is stored securely and can be accessed as necessary. Smaller organizations might also find data center storage a more effective method than keeping it in-house, considering the management and protections the data center can offer.
The most secure of these centers leverage biometric security in order to protect their server cabinets from unwanted intruders. This biometric technology uses an individual's unique physical characteristics as a means of access control. By installing a fingerprint reader or similar device at various access points, a data center can restrict access to only those registered with the platform. For data centers in need of an additional layer of security, there is a system that requires two IDs from separate individuals simultaneously. These highly-restricted points can only be reached if two top-level officials provide their biometric IDs at the same time. As of now, this platform is the most effective method available.
Though IT professionals may not be in great abundance in 2015, companies that send their information to data center protected by biometric technology will be able to take control of their data security.