Intelligent CISO Issue 13 | Page 52

COVER STORY It’s not all about technology. You’ve got to start with the people, then the process, then you add the tech at the end. but it’s actually not and we really need to protect each other and that’s now starting to filter through.” On the specific cybersecurity challenges to the legal industry Walmsley points to partnerships as one particular challenge, as these require a more consultative approach with regular and wide engagement. 52 However, once the message has been conveyed, he said it tends to be accelerated through with good funding and support. “The legal industry typically has been seen to be the ‘soft underbelly of society’ but we’ve now changed that and we’re now in a much more proactive world,” he said. “So I think we are starting to revolutionise the industry.” The cyberskills shortage and the three ways Freshfields is tackling it “We like to home-grow talent which creates loyalty. We’re taking people from a policing, project management and HR background and we’re training them up in the right way to do things on the job,” he explains. “Secondly, we outsource low-level tasks that are repeatable.” Third on the strategy is investment in young people. “We are starting to get in grads and young people. And we are also supporting the UK government in their university scheme,” he said. “There are 250 students that get bursaries from the government, get trained by the government in cyber and then they do an eight-week stint at a business. And we’re going to be taking two or three of those on.” Is that the way other companies/countries should be tackling the shortage? The challenge, Walmsley says, it attempting to ‘retrofit’ what’s available now into what is wanted – and it just doesn’t work. He said: “There’s a two million shortage of resources. We have to invest in the future and schools at proper grassroots Issue 13 |