Cyber security industry facing skill shortage

Published on: 14 Jun 2017

The global cyber security industry could be facing a significant shortage of skills over the next five years, claims a new survey.

Research from the latest (ISC)2 poll shows the number of unfilled cyber security jobs will increase to 1.8 million by 2022 as businesses and organisations continue to face cyber crime incidents.

(ISC)2's Global Information Security Workforce Study involved around 19,000 cyber security professionals and found 66 per cent do not feel they have significant workers to address potential security issues - up from 62 per cent in 2015.

The forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also played a role in the survey, with IT departments in Europe expecting to increase their workforce by 15 per cent to meet the GDPR legislation.

David Shearer, chief executive officer of (ISC)2, believes many firms are struggling to find workers with the right skill set and he feels changes need to be made to highlight the benefits of working in cyber security roles.

He added: "It may very well be that we’re not doing a good enough job of making the case to students that cyber security can be a rewarding career path from monetary, job stability, and a sense contribution perspectives."