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CHIPS Articles: New CyberSeek Data Shows Cybersecurity Worker Shortage

New CyberSeek Data Shows Cybersecurity Worker Shortage
More than 300,000 job vacancies reported nationwide
By CHIPS Magazine - June 6, 2018
CyberSeek today reported new data collected from April 2017 to March 2018 reveals there are more than 301,000 job openings in cybersecurity across the nation, including over 13,000 openings in the public sector.

“Nationally, there were 301,873 cybersecurity job openings in the private and public sectors during the 12-month period between April 2017 and March 2018. This included 13,610 openings in the public sector. The total employed U.S. cybersecurity workforce in the relevant 12 months is 768,096,” according to CyberSeek.

The report mirrors similar findings in another report released this week by the White House, Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce: Building the Foundation for a More Secure American Future, which raises the alarm on the gap across all sectors of government, business and industry and calls for immediate and sustained improvements in growing the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

According to the White House report, “employers increasingly are concerned about the relevance of cybersecurity-related education programs meeting the needs of their organizations.” The report was produced by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security as part of and directed by the 2017 Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.

Developing and Sustaining a Robust Cybersecurity Workforce

Cybersecurity specialists protect America’s most critical and private information, from financial networks and intellectual property — to highly classified military communications. But the shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States puts America’s digital privacy, security, prosperity and infrastructure at risk. CyberSeek reports that from April 2017 through March 2018, there were 109,000 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 105,000 workers currently employed in those positions showing an annual talent shortfall of 5,000 workers for cybersecurity’s highest number of jobs. To eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap, CyberSeek provides timely detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market.

CyberSeek is a free cybersecurity career and workforce resource with joint development by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association, and Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm.

“The cybersecurity talent shortage is widespread, impacting all 50 states” said Matthew Sigelman, chief executive officer at Burning Glass Technologies. “In every state, the employed cybersecurity workforce would have to grow by over 50 percent to align with the market average supply and demand ratio.”

According to the CyberSeek report, across all available jobs, there were 6.5 employed workers per opening from April 2017 through March 2018, but in cybersecurity, there are only 2.5 employed workers per opening.

Cities with the highest number of cybersecurity job openings are Washington, D.C. (43,200 openings), New York (19,993) and Chicago (11,464). In large metro areas cybersecurity job openings are most heavily concentrated in Washington, D.C. with 540 percent more openings per capita than the national average; Baltimore at 190 percent and San Jose, California coming in at 180 percent.

“The latest data shows that the largest number of job openings ? 194,224 —– are in the category of Operate and Maintain. This category includes work roles related to the support, administration and maintenance of IT systems, though not many pure cybersecurity roles. This demonstrates the ubiquity of cybersecurity skills across the technology spectrum,” according to CyberSeek.

“We’ve seen dramatic shifts in enterprise technology as organizations adopted a cloud-first mentality, mobile devices became ubiquitous and digital data has grown in relevance,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Yet for all the focus on new and emerging technologies, cybersecurity remains the constant, led by a trained and certified cybersecurity workforce. CyberSeek demonstrates that the cybersecurity field is rich with opportunities for current and prospective technology professionals.”

Looking for a brighter future with career satisfaction and a high paying position?

CyberSeek offers resources to educate those in or seeking jobs in cybersecurity, including a career pathway, identifying 10 core cybersecurity roles and five cybersecurity feeder roles, or career areas that may serve as stepping stones into cybersecurity. Of the core cybersecurity roles, the largest current demand is for Cybersecurity Engineers with 37,580 openings. Four of the 10 core cybersecurity roles have average advertised salaries over $100,000: Cybersecurity Architects, Cybersecurity Managers, Cybersecurity Engineers, and Cybersecurity Consultants. Of these, Cybersecurity Architects have the highest average salary at $133,000, the report said.

Do you know where the cybersecurity vacancies are in your state, access the CyberSeek heatmap and career path resources:

CyberSeek is aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. This connection provides unprecedented visibility into the job roles that are most in demand. It was created through a grant awarded by NIST, a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

CyberSeek offers resources to educate those in or seeking jobs in cybersecurity and a heatmap to locate job vacancies.
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