It is factually stated that “There is a zero per cent unemployment rate in cybersecurity and the opportunities in this field are endless.” But The New York Times reports a stunning statistic that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021, which is 1 million positions more than in 2014.
Cyber threats are becoming alarming threats for large corporations, small companies and individuals similarly but the most worrisome part is that there are no cybersecurity experts lying around who can shield everyone from such attacks.
When pondering into this topic of the scarcity of resources leads to one main question, why?!
The answer doesn’t seem to be as simple as the question but it can be broken down. While closely examining facts and figures, we can easily figure out that awareness of the job nature of cybersecurity profiles has not happened. The primitive sketch of a high-risk job is what is associated with the entire industry while in reality, these job roles do paint a more beautiful picture. This job, like any other, comes with a lot of responsibilities and caution that has to be maintained but it also has some of the best merits. Average cybersecurity professional bags a very higher amount than the average salary and there is a lot of space to learn, experiment and grow, sometimes even within the same company.
A recent interesting survey reveals that existing IT security professionals think that this is the best profession to be in, right now, as the industry is expected to grow radically over the next few years with beaming opportunities. One other happy news is that there is an opportunity and need, for women, in the industry now as the ratio of male and female is seemingly very less now and companies are trying to fill that gap. Apart from all this, IT security professionals think these security jobs provide great remuneration, followed by the scope for progression and variety of work.
“Small, medium and large companies alike, can also opt to get even more powerful help from organizations that provide outsourcing of cybersecurity which are even cost-effective and reliant than having in-house teams in the case of small, medium-sized companies, this option seems to validate the very nature and reason for the focus on cybersecurity. Thus companies and clients can feel more protected than ever“
Another major and noteworthy reason hindering the increase of resources in this industry is the budget cuts. While companies are ready to fight against cyberattacks, professionals from the industry feel that organizations are not reflecting this in their budget plans. If corporations start focusing on getting protective gears for them that will shield and immunise them towards these attacks rather than just fighting back after an attack, they would see a great result in changing mindsets of people who are not very interested in opting for this career path. An attacker has a great range and scale to innovate and experiment which is all that is lacking at the fighters’ front. Having a greater budget would help security professionals, hire more resources, develop proper tools and innovate more on their jobs.
While there are several other factors like education, training, hiring managers and awareness of the importance of such jobs, the two causes that are explained above have the power to eradicate all other causes. Also, if companies develop strategies to internally hire managers and team members who also show practical knowledge of the subject with exposure to the technical knowledge this job entitles, companies can see a shift in their data security methods and practices.