Cybersecurity Outlook and Tips for Attracting Talent

Recent surveys show that cybersecurity is the number-one concern of CEOs and CIOs around the United States. Indeed reviewed the number of cybersecurity job postings and the number of applicants in 2018 to gauge supply and demand.

After minimal growth from 2016 to 2017 (0.28%), demand for cybersecurity roles jumped between 2017 and 2018, increasing by over 7%. However, from 2017 to 2018, clicks on U.S. cybersecurity job postings decreased by 1.3%.

According to Indeed's job posting salary data, these are the 10 highest-paid job titles in cybersecurity, almost all paying more than $100,000 annually:

How to Attract and Keep Cybersecurity Talent

  • Remember, salary is king. Offering salaries at the low end of the range will cost you qualified candidates. Those you do hire at the low end you’ll have trouble retaining.

  • Provide growth opportunities that fit your needs. Popular certifications include Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Security Manager, and ISSP.

  • If you haven’t already, map out a career path for your cybersecurity professionals and share it with candidates and employees.

  • Invest in the latest emerging security technologies and make job candidates aware of this to show you offer a cutting-edge work environment.

  • Consider paying bounties when your cybersecurity employees identify critical vulnerabilities. Organizations that do this pay an average of $1,776 per breach.

Sources:, payscale, CareerBuilder