Cybersecurity skills gap to reach 1.8 million in next five years

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IT contractors will be interested to learn that latest findings have shown that the world will reach a shortfall of 1.8 million workers with cybersecurity skills by 2022.

The survey of 19,000+ cybersecurity professionals, carried out by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, found that this figure is an increase of 20% on the five year projection made in 2015 by its bi-annual Global Information Security Workforce Study.

According to the research, there are already 46% of UK businesses experiencing issues caused by this skills gap, with a further 46% wanting to expand on their cybersecurity workforce but are unable to due to the shortfall.

Dr. Adrian Davis, managing director of EMEA at (ISC), said, “A continuing industry refusal to hire people without previous experience, and a failure to hire university graduates means Britain is approaching a security skills ‘cliff edge’ due to the perfect storm of an ageing cyber workforce going into retirement and long-term failure to recruit from the younger generation. 

“We need to see more emphasis on recruiting millennials and on training talent in-house rather than companies expecting to buy it off-the-shelf. There is a need to nurture the talent that is already in this country and recruit from the fresh pool of talent that is graduating from university.”

Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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