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Cybersecurity Industry Facing a Future Shortage: Are You Ready?

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By Susan Hoffman
Contributor, InCyberDefense

Note: This article is part of a university series for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. This week’s theme is The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity.

According to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, there will be a global shortage of cybersecurity workers by 2022. This shortage is expected to involve 1.8 million jobs.

Employers will need skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated cyber professionals in order to keep up with the demand for their services. Now that the Internet of Things and ransomware can cause widespread havoc in homes and businesses, the need to protect data and proprietary information is greater than in previous eras.

The convenience of one’s ability to access data from almost any location comes with a cost in terms of security. According to the CompTIA website, “Businesses are using more sophisticated systems, such as cloud computing and mobile devices, but are failing to defend against the security issues they may introduce.”

What Security Certifications Are in Demand?

There are a number of basic certifications for both entry-level and advanced job candidates. Certifications that will help entry-level candidates include:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Security Essentials

More advanced certifications include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Which Industries Hire Cybersecurity Employees?

There is a promising array of fields that use cybersecurity workers, according to job website Monster. These fields are:

  • Tech companies
  • Government
  • Banking and Finance
  • Retail
  • Media

However, cyber jobs are not limited to just these fields. For instance, law enforcement needs people capable of understanding cybersecurity threats. Similarly, healthcare companies need people who can protect their valuable patient data from ransomware attacks.

For those who seek a career in the cybersecurity field, TechRepublic notes that there are a wide variety of options, including penetration tester, security auditor and chief information security officer. But as cyber threats grow and affect more organizations, cybersecurity professionals will also need to grow their skills to meet new cyber threats.

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