Employers Suffering from Global Cyber Security Shortage

According to new research published by the The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), cyber security is one of the most undeveloped and understaffed fields in any area of expertise all across the globe. According to the data, ISC2 estimates that there are nearly 3 million security jobs world-wide left unfilled at the present moment in time – 2.15 million of which come out of the area of Asia-Pacific alone. This is followed by North America (498,000), Europe, the Middle East & Africa (142,000), and Latin America (136,000).

Of the business owners whom were surveyed,

  • 63% of companies report that their cyber security department are understaffed
  • 59% of companies are that worried this puts them at immanent risk of attack
  • 48% of companies expect to hire more cyber security employees within the next twelve months
  • 37% of companies cite developing stronger cyber security measures as their primary concerns heading into the future
  • 29% of companies say they lack the appropriate budget necessary to secure themselves
  • 27% of companies say they do not have enough/time resources to adequately secure themselves
  • 24% claim that they have not hired more cyber security workers due to a lack of qualified individuals

In terms of the most important area(s) of expertise business owners feel an ideal cyber security employee should posses are:

  • General Security Awareness (58%)
  • Risk/Threat Analysis (58%)
  • Security Administration (53%)
  • Active Network Monitoring (52%)
  • Incident Investigation & Response/Patch (52%)
  • Live Time Breach Detection (51%),
  • Cloud Computing & Security (51%)
  • Security Engineering/Architecture (51%)

In order of most desirable skills to lowest priority in terms of what these business owners are looking for out of cyber security employees:

  • Relevant cyber security work experience (49%)
  • Knowledge of advanced cyber security concepts (47%)
  • Cyber security certifications (43%)
  • Extensive cyber security work experience (40%)
  • Knowledge of basic cyber security concepts (40%)
  • Strong non-technical/soft skills (39%)
  • Cyber security qualifications other than certifications or a degree (37%)
  • Knowledge of relevant regulatory policies (37%)
  • Cyber security or related graduate degree (21%)
  • Cyber security or related undergraduate degree (20%)

According to researchers, penetration testing, ethical hacking, threat intelligence/analysis and digital forensics are some of the most important areas where expertise is currently considered low, but demand is high -especially headed into the immediate future.

Full Study: 

2018 ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study


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