Cyber expertise is much in demand

The General Data Protection Regulation will expand cyber workforces throughout European organisations faster than any region in the world, according to an International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) report, Benchmarking Workforce Capacity and Response to Cyber Risk.

The report results say that cybersecurity companies will expand by over 15% in the next 12 months, with two in five government and companies broadening, leading a shortfall of 350,000 cyber workers by 2022.

The report also states that organisations are struggling to retain their staff with 21% of the workforce having left their jobs in the past year, so 39% UK cyber workers have commanded annual salaries of £87,000.

‘Structural concerns hamper development’

“There are real structural concerns hampering the development of the job market today that must be addressed. It is particularly concerning that employers appear reluctant to invest in their workforce and are unwilling to hire less experienced candidates. If we cannot be prepared to develop new talent, we will lose our ability to protect the economy and society,” said Adrian Davis, Managing Director at ISC2.

“The impact of this rising price for cyber expertise is that smaller and public sector organisations may find themselves priced out of employing top talent,” added Chief Scientist at McAfee, Raj Samani.

ISC2 noted that new, younger and more diverse talent would need to be bought into the workforce, although a fifth of the current workforce in Europe don’t have computing backgrounds.

Written from source by Leah Alger

Source: The Register