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The Cybersecurity Gap Continues to Grow

The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) reveals the state of the cybersecurity gap today from the perspective of nearly 20,000 cybersecurity professionals around the world. This year’s study reveals we are on pace to reach a cybersecurity workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022, a 20% increase over the forecast made in the 2015.

The Cybersecurity Gap Continues to Grow

The United States show slightly higher concerns than any other country. "There are approximately 300,000 open cybersecurity positions in the U.S., and by 2022, it is expected to rise to 1.8 million. Meanwhile, spending on cybersecurity products is projected to reach $93 billion by 2018." Here are the other highlights from the report:

  • More than 60% of IT professionals claim security teams are either understaffed or there is a skills gap
  • Nearly half of the respondents said their company does not possess adequate support for IT security training; only 35% said their company requires IT staff to have security certification
  • Half of respondents believe company leadership does not grasp the need for thorough security measures and therefore leaves gaps in security protocols; there are 400,000 daily potential malware threats and only 11% of respondents said their company can detect a data breach in real time
  • 40% of CIOs claim salary demands are the largest barrier to hiring tech talent while 66% indicated there are not enough cybersecurity workers in their organizations to meet the challenges they currently face

The 2015 edition of GISWS revealed 62% of information security workers reported having too few workers to address the threats they encountered. In 2017, that number has increased to 66%, indicating that the shortage of information security workers is widening. 

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