(Threatcare) The world of cybersecurity and the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals is growing at an even more rapid pace than previously predicted. New estimates from the (ISC)2 survey released have shown that the industry will have 1.8 million unfilled positions within the next five years. That’s a staggering 20 percent increase in empty job slots since 2015; something most people would say is a rather remarkable feat.
(ISC)2’s Global Information Security Workforce Study surveyed 19,000 cybersecurity professionals from around the world, and what they found was that an astonishing 66 percent said that they felt they did not have enough employees to keep up with the rising number of threats being thrown at them.
In 2015, just 62 percent of cybersecurity professionals had the same response – which just goes to show that the need for cyber defense is increasing at an an incredible rate.
While there are many areas in which cybersecurity professionals are beginning to feel short-staffed, the issue of finding qualified security professionals tops the list. Forty-nine percent of survey respondents said finding competent workers was their greatest concern, but in North America, the percentage of professionals with that concern was even higher, at over 50 percent.
But, there could be a simple solution to this growing problem.
As Marcus J. Carey, the founder of Threatcare, explains, the need for specialized security professionals could be reduced by increasing cybersecurity awareness across the board. “I believe cybersecurity should be part of the job for everyone in information technologies, instead of treating it as a separate discipline. Since cybersecurity falls into its own branch, it’s causing people to write bad code and build insecure networks that can be hacked,” he said.
“By leveraging the means of IT professionals that already exist in the workforce, we can drastically reduce the number of required dedicated cybersecurity professionals,” Carey added.
In other words, if more people in technology were to participate in cybersecurity measures, the need for specialized cybersecurity professionals can be mitigated. As Carey already pointed out, simply having people that know enough about cybersecurity to build stronger networks and better code would be a huge step forward.