Companies Struggle to Fill Cyber-Security Jobs

By Samuel Greengard
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    Companies Struggle to Fill Cyber-Security Jobs

    Companies Struggle to Fill Cyber-Security Jobs

    Employers need cyber-security talent, but attracting that talent is a challenge due to a shortage of qualified candidates and the higher pay they can demand.

A growing challenge for organizations of all sizes is the need to find and hire cyber-security talent. Rapidly evolving technology and increasingly sophisticated hackers and attackers are putting greater pressure on enterprises to build better defense systems. Unfortunately, most organizations can't keep up with the furious pace of change—and the associated risks. Moreover, a shortage of cyber-security experts has become the new normal. A new report, "Job Market Intelligence: Cyber-Security Jobs, 2015," provides an in-depth view of the topic. The study was conducted by job market analytics firm Burning Glass, which examined nearly 40,000 online sites. It found that while employers recognize the growing need for cyber-security talent, attracting and retaining that talent has become a daunting task. Not only is there a shortage of qualified candidates for many positions, but cyber-security workers demand—and receive—higher pay. There is no "quick-fix solution," according to Burning Glass CEO Matthew Sigelman, who adds, "The shortage of cyber-security workers is likely to persist, at least until the education and training systems catch up." Here are some of the key findings from the report.

This article was originally published on 2015-09-10
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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