Global Cybersecurity Workforce Gap Reaches 2.93 Million

 administrator    19 Oct 2018 : 04:30
 None    Security


Research shows a widening of the global cybersecurity workforce gap to nearly three million across North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

According to the 2018 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study:

Of the 2.93 million overall gap, the Asia-Pacific region is experi­encing the highest shortage, at 2.14 million, in part thanks to its growing economies and new cybersecurity and data privacy legislation being enacted throughout the region
North America has the next highest gap number at 498,000, while EMEA and Latin America contribute a 142,000 and 136,000 staffing shortfall, respectively
63% of respon­dents report that their organizations have a shortage of IT staff dedicated to cybersecurity. 59% say their companies are at moderate or extreme risk of cybersecurity attacks due to this shortage.
48% of respondents say their organizations plan to increase cybersecurity staffing over the next 12 months
68% of respondents say they are either very or somewhat satisfied in their current job
Women represent 24% of this broader cybersecurity workforce (compared to 11% from previous studies), while 35% are Millennial or Gen Y (compared to less than 20% from previous studies)
More than half of all respon­dents globally (54%) are either pursuing cybersecurity certifications or plan to within the next year


Some of the biggest career progression challenges respondents reported are:

Unclear career paths for cybersecurity roles (34%)
Lack of organizational knowledge of cybersecurity skills (32%)
The cost of education to prepare for a cybersecurity career (28%)


The four areas cybersecurity pros feel they will need to develop most or improve on over the next two years in order to advance in their careers include:

Cloud computing security
Penetration testing
Threat intelligence analysis
Forensics...more via BNP Media