Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

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Cybersecurity remains a hot topic with ransomware, phishing, insider threats, etc. evolving and growing in sophistication. Increases in threats and business risks are causing many enterprises to grow their network security department and infrastructure, but with security talent difficult to come by, it is going to get harder to defend your network.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures report, cybersecurity unemployment is zero percent. Surprisingly, there are two available jobs for every qualified candidate, and with a million positions still open.

Security Workforce Study

In addition to a shortage in cybersecurity professionals and training, the industry has also been known to be male dominant. According to Frost & Sullivan’s report, The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity, women are underrepresented in the cybersecurity profession at 11 percent. Here is some additional information from Frost & Sullivan’s study:      

  • North America employs the most women in cybersecurity, but there is still a lack of women in senior and executive roles.
  • Women who receive sponsorship and mentorship are more likely to be successful.
  • In 2016, women in cybersecurity earned less than men at every level.

Breaking the Stereotypes

"The best way that organizations can address the cybersecurity skills shortage is to invest in the employees and provide them with training opportunities," said Candy Alexander, cybersecurity consultant and ISSA's chair of the cybersecurity career lifecycle. 

At APCON, we are committed to enhancing network security talent. We have a diverse workforce and look forward to retaining women within the industry. We are growing and are looking for men and women to fill our open positions in network security. Once hired, our employees are encouraged to grow their skills and their careers at APCON.

And to spark a network security interest in young adults, we offer a comprehensive internship program that gives college students real-world experience of network and security environments. These students play a vital part in our engineering department and are assigned multiple projects where they experience how a business runs and operates. We want our interns to know they can make a difference.

If you would like to make a change within the network security industry, take a look at our careers page to see what openings we have available.