Market Growth Leads To Better Job Opportunities

The shortage of cyber security professionals in the EMEA region touched 291,000 in 2019, up from 142,000 in 2018 as the increase in hiring demand was much higher than the number of skilled professionals available, (ISC)² latest Cybersecurity Workforce Study has revealed.

The study was based on the number of cyber security professionals employed by organisations across all sectors and the demand for such professionals in countries like the United States, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico.

It found that presently there are around 2.8 million cyber security workers in these countries, with the United States accounting for 804,700 workers, the UK accounting for 289,000 workers. Mexico accounting for 341,000 workers and South Korea accounting for 201,000 workers. In Europe, the UK has more than twice as many cyber security professionals compared to France (121,000) and Germany (133,000).

As Internet crimes grows worldwide, cybersecurity firms are having trouble attracting and keeping skilled workers to help protect networks.

Cybersecurity firms are having trouble attracting and keeping skilled workers to help protect networks. Some 2.8 million professionals work in cybersecurity, but an additional 4 million trained workers would be needed to close the skills gap and properly defend organisations.

The lightening-speed development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the fact that your own fridge can tell you when to buy milk, means that cyber security is something which we’re all now familiar with, hearing almost daily about glitches, wins or innovation in the news.   

Bringing cyber issues into the public consciousness and emphasising the importance of building secure strategies could offer any number of cyber job opportunities. It’s undeniably a burgeoning sector which can only grow, both in importance and in demand for talent.

Cyber trends
Some of the current and emerging issues in the industry are:

  • Remote working in a secure manner: The combination of changing working practices and the IoT means that there are increased risks for those who work remotely. Finding ways to ensure security can exist in this flexible environment is crucial.
  • Skills shortages: There’s a huge concern that talent pools, particularly in the defence sector, are diminishing. However, this presents massive opportunities for attracting young people into cyber roles. 
  • Businesses will take greater action: Further growth of the IoT will prompt more businesses to invest and build cyber security into their products / processes, or risk data breaches and the inevitable customer anger.
  • Permanent hires: In recruitment, there’s a shift towards permanent hires over contractors. This is to retain talent and knowledge in-house, understandably, and to prevent any vulnerabilities being exposed when contractors take up assignments elsewhere.

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