Leading the Way in Cyber Security Skills

The cyber security industry is suffering from a serious shortage of skilled professionals, calculated to be in excess of 4 million worlwide in 2020 with a 1.8 shortfall in the US alone, prompting a major effort on the part of leading US technology businesses to invest heavily in skills training 

Now the identification verification firm Veriff has analysed the global cyber security workforce to reveal the top 10 leading nations, as well as the companies leading in recruitment and the most in-demand cyber security job roles. 

Countries With The Largest Cyber Security Workforce

The United States has the biggest cyber security workforce in the world at 879,000, followed by Brazil, Mexico and the UK  


Rank                  Country                 Workforce Size (000)


                      United States               879.1
                      Brazil                            626.7
                      Mexico                         421.8
                      United Kingdom           365.8
                      South Korea                232.3
                     Japan                           226.3
7                       Germany                      175.2
                     Spain                           122.3
                     France                         118.3
10                     Australia                      108.9


Other key points include:

  • Jobs in engineering and sales are the most sought after, making up nearly half of the total job openings, featuring roles such as software engineer and sales engineer. 
  • Over a quarter of the total job openings fall under the Engineering department, with the top job opening being Senior Software Engineer.
  • 70% of the top 10 cyber security companies leading the way in recruitment are based in the United States, 20% are UK-based
  • Learning skills in software is a great way to get into a cybersecurity job, with 30% of the department’s top jobs being software-based.

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