The shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the US and what you can do to benefit

In 2007, the demand for cybersecurity professionals shot up owing to the increase in connectivity and hacker activity. With so many jobs to fill and so few professionals to fill them, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of pay these professionals can command. Despite this, it doesn’t seem to be attracting more people to the profession.

Martin Libicki, an author of the report Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market, said: “There’s plenty of evidence that there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals — especially within government organizations. The problem cannot be solved overnight. It will take a long time to get the right people into this profession.”

Government organizations

As mentioned above, security professionals are receiving attractive pay packages – which government organizations are struggling to match. This is making it difficult for government organizations to source the skilled individuals that they need.

As the report noted, “Once professionals can command more than $250,000 a year, the competitiveness of the U.S. government as an employer suffers correspondingly.”

Supplying the demand

A common opinion shared between industry experts is that there needs to be more options for security in education. The RAND report found that, in response to earlier indications of growing demand for cybersecurity professionals, there has already been a large increase in education – notably government-supported education – but also an increase in the number of computer science majors.

Be all you can be

As stated above, cybersecurity professionals can be earning up to and over $250k a year. Sound good to you?

A job paying that much isn’t going to be put in your hands, though: you need to work hard and obtain as many relevant certifications as you can.

IT Governance is currently running several Thanksgiving deals, one of which offers 30% off all ISO 27001 online training courses.

ISO 27001 is the international information security management standard that sets out the requirements of an information security management system (ISMS). It’s increasingly popular in the US, and has been implemented by many of the ‘most valuable’ brands.

If your resume has one, two, or three ISO 27001 certifications on it – then you’ll be well on your way to earning the big bucks.