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What Can Businesses Do to Fill the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage?

It’s no surprise that cybersecurity workers are in high demand. Ask any MSP or other tech company how difficult it is to find skilled employees to help protect customers. In fact, there’s such a shortage of cyber talent, that Bryan Orme, principal at GuidePoint Security, goes so far as to call it "a talent war."

This comes at a critical time for tech companies seeing companies feeling pressure to secure their data, as well as rising security breaches that have affected millions. As of now, there are more than 460,000 cyber-related job openings in the U.S., according to Cyberseek.

How did the cybersecurity field reach this gap—and more importantly, what is being done to address this issue?

How did we get here?

As mentioned earlier, more and more companies are turning to digitalization since the onset of the pandemic. CompTIA’s State of Cybersecurity in 2020 report revealed that because of the surge in newly remote workers, companies needed to overhaul their existing IT systems. Many were overwhelmed with the efforts necessary to implement these changes, including managing physically distant employees and evaluating the security of their online infrastructures. As a result, they needed to expand their cybersecurity workforce.

In addition, during this shift, cyberattacks increased and even widened their reach, taking advantage of the chaos of the pandemic. And with this trend showing no signs of slowing down, more trained professionals will be needed. However, the field requires specialized training, and there aren’t many universities and centers offering the necessary curriculum. Consequently, this leads to a lack of visible opportunities for potential students and practitioners in general.

Lastly, because cybersecurity literally involves safety and carries the weight of these companies’ future actions, most professionals feel immense pressure, as the stakes continually rise. This leads to employee burnout and eventually, high turnovers.

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