More Cybersecurity Workers Needed to Meet Evolving Threat Environment

Cybersecurity professionals worldwide face an ever-evolving threat landscape that many feel they are ill-equipped to manage. Data breaches at corporations, educational institutions and government agencies continue to erode public confidence in the state of cybersecurity. The emergence of consumer goods such as wearable devices and self-driving cars, alongside the increasing connectivity of the systems managing critical infrastructure such as power plants and traffic signals are creating new threats to public safety, privacy, and economic stability.

The new 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study reveals insights from an unprecedented number of respondents; 19,641cybersecurity professionals representing 170 countries. Two thirds indicated that there are not enough cybersecurity workers in their organizations to meet the challenges they currently face.

The 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. It also reveals trends and insights into how hiring managers are responding and what organizations can do to attract, enable and retain the cybersecurity talent necessary to combat the risks in today’s ever evolving threat environment.