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Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Panic in 2015?

As part of its annual IT spending intentions research, ESG asks IT professionals around the world to identify areas where they have a problematic shortage of IT skills.  Over the past three years, information security skills topped this list.  In 2014, 25% of all organizations said they had a problematic shortage of infosec skills (note: I am an ESG employee).So where are information security skills shortages most acute?  When we asked security professionals this question a few years ago, the results show shortages across the board:
43% of organizations have a problematic shortage of cloud computing and server virtualization security skills
31% of organizations have a problematic shortage of endpoint security skills
31% of organizations have a problematic shortage of network security skills
30% of organizations have a problematic shortage of data security skills
30% of organizations have a problematic shortage of security analytics/forensic skills

Now I’ve been one of the louder voices screaming about the cybersecurity skills shortage for a while but thankfully I’m not alone.  In November, a special Parliamentary Select Committee in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords reported a global shortage of ” no less than two million cybersecurity professionals” by the year 2017.  In 2013, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that the DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications had a vacancy rate of 22%.  Similar data is coming from other geographic areas as well.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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