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Shortage of Security Pros Worsens

By Network World

March 11, 2015

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Cybersecurity job postings grew 74 percent from 2007 to 2013, more than twice the rate of all information technology jobs, according to a Burning Glass study.

In addition, U.S. employers posted 50,000 jobs requesting CISSP credentials in 2013, a year in which the population of CISSP holders totaled 60,000. "We're starting to see more executive-level emphasis on cybersecurity, more resources coming into cybersecurity, across all industry sectors," says Advanced Cyber Security Center executive director Charlie Benway.

Eighty-six percent of organizations polled by ISACA believe there is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, and just 38 percent of ISACA members think their organization is prepared to handle a sophisticated cyberattack. "When you've got everybody in the world realizing they need to do something and going to the market, it leads to a skills shortage, especially when we haven't been training people with these skill sets necessarily," says ISACA's Robert Stroud.

There also is a renewed focus on security within the industry, as more organizations now have a chief security officer or a chief information security officer whose sole responsibility is security.

Another recent organizational trend is the convergence of enterprise risk management and security; these changes require more employees at all levels of the organization.

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