Workforce demand for information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, the U.S. Labor Bureau of Statistics reports.
This growth in jobs, however, is not being matched by an equivalent growth in the number of people qualified to fill those positions – not even close.
The nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education has been forecasting a global shortage of 1.5 million skilled cybersecurity workers by 2020. The organization, which credentials security professionals, now has upped that estimate to a 1.8 million worker shortage by 2022.
“This is reflected by the extraordinarily high number of professionals across the globe who indicate that there are not enough workers in their departments,” the center said this year in its latest report, which found a third of hiring managers plan to boost their security teams by at least 15 percent.