What the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Means for You Infographic
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Why Is There a Cybersecurity Skills Shortage?
For companies that customers trust to store their sensitive data, particularly financial and healthcare information, a data breach can have devastating consequences. The current cybersecurity skills shortage
- 140 million people’s sensitive information was compromised in a 2017 Equifax breach
- 100 million people’s sensitive information was illegally accessed in a 2019 Capital One breach
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The Cybersecurity Knowledge Gap
Despite growing distrust of companies’ ability to protect customers’ data, many American internet users don’t clearly understand how to protect themselves.
- 46% can’t correctly identify a phishing attack
- 52% can’t correctly define the term "ransomware"
- 84% can’t correctly define what a "botnet" is
- 87% don’t know the security benefits of using a virtual private network
Lack of security awareness leaves individuals and companies in danger. Currently, there are more than 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the US (as of 2018).
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Top Careers in Cybersecurity
Although many companies are aware of cybersecurity risks, they don’t know how to protect their vulnerable data. This opens up many opportunities in data security, like:
- Security Engineer
- Information Security Analyst
- Security Solutions Architect
- Chief Information Security Officer
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