Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals

Across the United States, if not internationally, there’s a plethora of unfilled cybersecurity positions; approximately 1 million to be exact. In 2015, there were more than 209k unfilled cybersecurity positions within the United States,

Why is there such a shortage, and how do we fix it?

All those job openings mean there are a lot of organizations—big and small, in just about every industry—that do not have the right or a sufficient number of cybersecurity professionals. Given the growing number and sophistication of cybersecurity attacks, that’s a big problem. And it is getting worse.

A March 2014 report by Burning Glass Technologies found that demand for cybersecurity professionals grew 74 percent from 2007 to 2013, over twice as fast as all IT jobs. And, according to Peninsula Press, demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow even more in the years to come—by 53 percent from 2015 through 2018.

Reasons for Rising Demand

It’s not hard to understand why the demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing. Customers, shareholders, and employees are increasingly aware of

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