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The State of Cybersecurity Professional Careers

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Oct 6, 2016.

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    I’ve written about and researched the cybersecurity skills shortage for many years. For example, ESG research indicates that 46% of organizations claim to have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills this year – an 18% increase from 2015 (note: I am an ESG employee).

    Of course, I’m not the only one looking into the cybersecurity skills shortage. For example:

    • According to Peninsula Press (a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program), more than 209,000 U.S.-based cybersecurity jobs remained unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years.
    • Analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow 53 percent by 2018.

    So many researchers agree then that we don’t have enough skilled prospects to fill all of the open cybersecurity jobs. Okay but that puts a heck of a lot of burden on the existing cybersecurity workforce. Are they up to the task? Do they have the right training? Are they managing their careers appropriately?

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