New research indicates that things are not improving for filling the demand for cybersecurity skills. The ramifications are widespread.
The rise in popularity of such jobs shouldn’t come as any great surprise given the current climate. The frequency and severity of data breaches is increasing, with attacks on well-known businesses making the news on a regular basis. And with the implementation of ever-tighter privacy laws such as GDPR, businesses have never been more focused on protecting their networks and the precious information that flows across them.
I’ve been writing about the cybersecurity skills shortage for seven years and have become the “Chicken Little” of this topic. Now, we’ve all read about the number of cybersecurity job openings out there, but what is the impact of the skills shortage on cybersecurity professionals who are gainfully employed?
This is one of the focus areas of the third annual ESG/ISSA research report titled, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals. (Note: I am an ESG employee.) To evaluate this question, 267 cybersecurity professionals and ISSA members were asked whether the cybersecurity skills shortage has had an impact on the organization they work at. Nearly three-fourths (74%) of respondents say the cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organizations “significantly” or “somewhat.”
This percentage has crept up annually. Last year, 70% of respondents said the cybersecurity skills shortage had impacted their organization, while two years ago, it was 69%.
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