Survey: more than half of UK orgs would hire hackers, ex-convicts, as cyber experts


Professional services firm KPMG surveyed 300 senior IT and HR professionals in UK companies employing more than 500 individuals and learned that more than half would consider hiring a hacker, 53 percent, or person with a criminal record, 52 percent, in order to keep ahead of cyber crooks, according to a news release issued on Sunday.

Of those surveyed, 70 percent admitted to their organization lacking data protection and privacy expertise, and 60 percent are concerned about finding cyber experts who can effectively communicate with corporate leaders outside the IT department, the release indicates.

Additionally, while 60 percent of respondents stated that they have a strategy to deal with skills gaps, 57 percent indicated that it has become more challenging in the past two years to retain staff with specialized cyber skills, according to the release.

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