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
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).
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