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Demand for IT security skills soars at Morson

Morson International, part of the Morson Group, has seen the number of specialist IT vacancies on its books rise by 10% over the past 12 months as businesses look to protect themselves from the growing threat of cybercrime.

The Manchester-headquartered technical recruiter has supplied specialist IT security personnel equivalent to almost 500,000 man hours over the last year and doubled the number of in-house IT recruitment consultants to meet rising demand.  

David Lynchehaun, sales director at Morson International, said, “Cybercrime is a very real risk to businesses and is high on the Government agenda, as it’s now categorised as a Tier One threat to UK national security – the same as terrorism. We’ve already seen a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attack last year affecting global brands such as CNN, Twitter and Netflix so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see similar attacks becoming more commonplace during 2017.

“Our success is down to a deep understanding of our client’s and candidate’s requirements (sic). The IT market, albeit not as much as nuclear engineering, is suffering from a shortage of security talent. We’re certainly looking to other related industries to see where the transferable skills lie. 

“Due to the nature of the heavily regulated industries in which we operate, our work requires us to assist both clients and candidates to ensure the effective processing of required security clearances. We also fully understand the countless challenges surrounding security clearances including initial validation, active status and transfers.”

Morson International has more than 500 IT security experts within its contractor portfolio across the globe, working for global clients including BT and Thales. To meet the growing global demand for cyber security, the company predicts that the global market will need a further 1.5million highly skilled IT security contractors by 2020.

Lynchehaun added, “We’ve a long history in the aerospace and defence sectors, where skills and role requirements link nicely with IT security and cyber.  This background places us at the forefront of supplying not only talent, but also in advising our clients on intelligent resource strategies to exploit areas of opportunity.”

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