The rise of cyber security is changing technical recruitment
The rise of cyber security
Cyber security is a very real risk because of rapid advancements in daily technology, and the revolutionised way consumers access products and services. The devices we use to control our heating and home entertainment systems, the way we manage our personal finances and the way we drive our cars, has resulted in a magnitude of complex technology entrenched into our daily lives. And while the opportunities this presents in terms of time and cost savings are seemingly endless, we are now all faced with the growing threat of cyber-attacks.
Consequently, cyber security is growing in importance in the world of technical recruitment and driving demand for specialists. This is something we are seeing first-hand here at MRL Group across the hometech, automotive and fintech arenas in particular.
Only as recently as ten years ago, the thought of being able to control your heating, turn on the washing machine or turn off your alarm remotely probably seemed a little far-fetched. Today, however, we not only have access to products and services that control the devices we have in the home, but that also monitor our wellbeing. Nest Thermostat, perhaps the most well-known IoT home consumer product, learns when you’re asleep, awake or out of the home and then adjusts the temperature accordingly. And Lively is just one of many safety watches that senses if people (largely the elderly and frail) are eating regularly or taking their medication. And while these all offer huge advantages, they also leave us vulnerable to cyber criminals.
This is another sector that has, and continues to be, revolutionised by the IoT. From the in car navigation systems which get us from A to B, to the infotainment systems that allow us to control in car audio and telephonic systems, we now have more connected tech than ever before. What’s more, new products are been designed and developed at an ever increasing rate. New versions of widely known systems – such as Ford’s Sync and OnStar by General Motors – now allow owners to disable a vehicle if it’s been stolen. And while all this provides consumers with a better, more efficient offering, it also opens them up to a whole host of cyber security issues. This was put to the test in 2015 when security researchers hacked into a Jeep enabling them to take over control of its brakes and transmission.
While the term fintech has traditionally been associated with the technology institutions’ use themselves – such as online banking – today it is representative of the programmes and systems that are disrupting traditional financial services. From mobile payments and transfers right through to crowdfunding, blockchain, bitcoin, the evolution of fintech has revolutionised the way businesses in all sectors operate and interact with their consumer base.
Technical recruitment ramps up
And all these trends and developments have resulted in the team here at MRL Group being busier than ever. The demand for professionals with solid experience of developing defences against cyber-attacks in virtually all sectors is at an all-time high. Businesses are having to invest heavily to ensure that they are staying one step ahead in the war on cyber crime. And candidates – from software engineers and data architects, through to cyber security engineers and e-crime consultants – with solid experience behind them are being snapped up quickly.