A recent survey found that a lack of required professional skills is still hampering companies’ ability to deliver cybersecurity to meet their evolving needs.
The Cyber Security Job Trends Survey for 2016 said that of the 435 senior-level technology professionals who completed the survey, 68 percent affirmed that there is a global shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Only 13 percent of companies said there was an abundance of cybersecurity talent in their local areas.
“Companies and the public at large should be concerned with these data, which call attention to the continuing impact of the cybersecurity talent gap,” said Ryan Corey, co-founder, Cybrary. “Companies with pressing cyber security needs are finding that there’s a major lack of qualified professionals to fill their positions, which makes them vulnerable to cyber attacks. This underscores the need for better access to cybersecurity training, which can get new talent into the field quickly, help close the cyber security skills gap, and make companies more secure.”
The survey also revealed the challenges that many employers face in recruiting skilled cyber security employees. More than 80 percent of respondents indicated that they always or sometimes have trouble recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals. The top reasons given were lack of skilled cybersecurity talent in general (40 percent), lack of resources to properly find and attract talent (18 percent), and location of talent (14 percent).
While 37 percent of companies recruit talent via their HR department, nearly 25 percent have not yet figured out the best way to recruit. What’s more, some positions can take nearly four months to fill. “With respect to cyber security talent in their specific geographic area, most respondents indicated there is some talent, but it’s difficult to find,” added Corey.
In addition to talent and recruiting challenges, the survey showed several trends about cybersecurity certifications, skills, and salary. The most in demand cybersecurity certifications were Security+, Ethical Hacking, Network+, CISSP, and A+. The most in demand skills were Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, CISSP, Malware Analysis, and Advanced Penetration Testing.
Respondents indicated that all categories of cybersecurity jobs were important, with a slight emphasis on Network and Application Security, followed by GRC/Information Assurance and Malware and Threat and Intel. Nearly 50 percent of respondents said their company had a Chief Security Officer or Chief Information Security Officer. In terms of salary, 50 percent of companies said their average cybersecurity worker makes $25,000-$50,000 per year, 21 percent said $50,000-$75,000 per year, 17 percent said $75,000-$100,000 per year, and 12 percent said that their average cybersecurity worker makes more than $100,000 per year.
About 47 percent of respondents said that there company plans to hire one – 10 cybersecurity workers in 2016.