Demand for cybersecurity workers has increased 2.4 times faster than the overall rate globally, but it is a harsh industry.
According to recent data, employee demands for cybersecurity talent have increased at an average annual rate of 2.4 percent since 2014, which is twice as fast as the national average. Meanwhile, the current shortfall in qualified cybersecurity professionals remains high.
A recent report by CyberSeek indicates that there are currently 771,000 open positions for cybersecurity specialists. Furthermore, the need for cyber security professionals grew at an even faster pace than the overall rate of economic growth in the United States.
Why Cybersecurity Workers Are Hard to Find
Compared to the last ten years, nine of the ten most popular security jobs were posted in 2022. Demand for cybersecurity talent has been increasing for years, and employers aren’t slowing down. It’s also a tough line of work that requires very high-level skillset.
“We can’t just leave security holes open because we don’t have sufficient numbers of skilled workers.” The CyberSeek report found that there were approximately 65 people available for every 100 jobs posted for cyber experts.
Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important field. As a result, there is a growing demand for cybersecurity professionals.
A growing number of cyberattacks has led to an increase in demand for qualified security professionals.
Health Care Systems Deemed High Risk
Cyberattacks on healthcare systems could put patients at risk for injury and cause significant financial losses due to inadequate staff levels.
Despite many open positions for cyber security professionals, healthcare organizations face challenges when filling these positions.
According to a study conducted by CyberMDX, healthcare organizations face a cybersecurity skills gap. Respondents stated they struggle filling positions within 100 days of posting them.
Almost one-quarter of healthcare organizations admit that they’re not adequately staffed for cybersecurity. In addition, more than half of respondents admit that their hospitals are vulnerable to the BlueKeep vulnerability.
What’s Being Done to Fill the Gap
To address the cybersecurity workforce gap, some companies are using technology, training new employees, and lowering the barrier to entering the field.
As part of its effort to address the cybersecurity skills gap, Jefferson Health relies on automation, AI and ML algorithms, and clouds to help meet its needs.
AI offers constant surveillance; the apps work 24/7, seven (7) full weeks per year. This consistent defense allows vast amounts of information to be processed and attacks to be detected quickly.