Demand for skilled cybersecurity workers continues to far outpace supply, as threats to organizations large and small grow more sophisticated and companies struggle to find the right talent to protect their digital assets.
Solving the cybersecurity talent shortage has become a major challenge for all executives—not just CISOs and CEOs, according to an infographic from Digital Guardian. In 2018, 51% of organizations said they face a cybersecurity skills shortage, up from just 23% in 2014. More than 30% of all cybersecurity jobs—totaling roughly 302,000 across the US—remain unfilled, according to the infographic data. The field currently has an unemployment rate of 0%.
SEE: Cybersecurity spotlight: The critical labor shortage (Tech Pro Research)
By 2021, there will be an estimated 3.5 million open cybersecurity jobs globally, the infographic stated.
The key to solving the cybersecurity talent shortage is education, according to the infographic. We need to get more people into university and nontraditional cybersecurity training programs to fill the variety of different cybersecurity jobs available. However, in the meantime, companies can look to consolidate their security solutions and work with outside providers to fill gaps, the infographic noted.
SEE: Cheat sheet: How to become a cybersecurity pro (TechRepublic)
Here is the full infographic:
- How to build a successful career in cybersecurity (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
- Cybersecurity report card: Why too many companies are graded 'could do better' (ZDNet)
- How to become a developer: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)
- Alphabet hatches cybersecurity company Chronicle using Google technology (ZDNet)
- 5 ways your company can find and retain more tech talent (TechRepublic)
Alison DeNisco Rayome has nothing to disclose. She does not hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.