Please see below for comment from cyber security recruitment specialist, Acumin Consulting regarding news today from (ISC)2 that the cybersecurity industry faces a worldwide shortage of almost 3 million staff.
Ryan Farmer, Compliance Manager at Acumin Consulting:
“With such a broad statistic it’s important to contextualise and focus on the local rather than global. The 142,000 shortfall of security professionals in EMEA somewhat pales in comparison to those in Asia and the US. The relatively small number is reflective of greater market maturity and stability across Europe. Although the gap may seem daunting, findings such as the fall in average age and the increase in women in the industry, reinforces the value of efforts already being made to tackle the general skills shortage and demographic imbalances.
The ongoing supply gap of cyber security personnel is a reminder of the importance of having a strong team retention and effective hiring processes. Measures such as tailoring roles and providing internal mentoring and training, are vital in both attracting and retaining staff. Visibility and proactivity in the market are a must for those organisations seeking to fill roles.
There are also lessons for jobseekers in how they manage their careers moves and development in such an opportunity-rich market. The support and advice of peer networks and mentors can be invaluable in maintaining a clear career path and focused development. Industry reports from reputable sources can also provide up to date insights into the impact of the skills gap in the market. Acumin have recently released our own annual salary survey showing trends in demand for skills sets within cyber security here. ”