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How to Survive the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

Posted January 13, 2019

New Year, same problem.

The cybersecurity skills shortage is still a big issue in 2019, with the workforce gap reaching close to 3 million globally. According to (ISC)² research, 63% of organizations reported a shortage of staff dedicated to cybersecurity. Unfortunately, this isn’t anything new and it has big implications for the security of your business and its information assets.

What is the cybersecurity skills shortage?

Put simply, the information security skills shortage is the lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals required to fill key InfoSec roles. There are two parts to this:

  • The general deficit of professionals working in and entering the industry.
  • The people currently employed within cybersecurity may lack the skills necessary to perform their jobs effectively. After all, you can only be an expert at just so many things.

When an organization lacks skilled workers, it’s exponentially more difficult to prepare for, defend against, and respond to/recover from a cybersecurity incident.

What’s the solution?

An ever-increasing number of threats requires a larger number of skilled security professionals on your staff to manage and mitigate risk. Or does it? Recruiting, hiring, and retaining a full staff of cybersecurity professionals can be vexing. The average salary for cybersecurity professionals is $116,000. It can cost approximately a million dollars annually to maintain a team of nine experts who handle your critical cybersecurity functions, including risk assessment, awareness, governance, incident response, compliance, and more. And remember, you’re not the only one looking for cybersecurity employees. How many times per month do you think recruiters contact top information security talent?


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