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Last year, the world’s largest non-profit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals, (ISC)², announced the findings of its Cybersecurity Workforce Study. For the first time, they estimated that the cybersecurity workforce was almost 3 million, and a growth of 145% (just over 4 million) was needed to close the skills gap and better defend organisations worldwide.
The latest figures depict a shortage of cybersecurity professionals at a time when protecting the world’s operating systems has never been as important. Now, if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re wondering how has this shortfall happened? And, why have efforts to plug the skills gap not worked?
Whenever I talk about what’s occurred, people are dismayed, so I often use an analogy. It’s as if we (in cybersecurity) have been paddling in the ocean when the tide was out. We were up to our ankles, enjoying the view and smelling the fresh sea air. Then, all of a sudden, the tide has come in, risen quickly, and we’ve found ourselves up to our necks in water.
Choosing to swim, means working on the root cause, and I believe the problem behind these statistics may be the perception of cybersecurity, specifically that there’s only one role in cybersecurity and for only one type of person. So, with so many myths surrounding the industry, especially when it comes to starting a career in cybersecurity or attracting more women into the field, let’s bust the myths I regularly come across.