Cybersecurity jobs are in demand and growing across the economy. Below are some top 5 Cybersecurity Trends to watch in 2017
• The Professional Services, Finance, and Manufacturing/Defense sectors have the highest demand for cybersecurity jobs.
• The fastest increases in demand for cybersecurity workers are in industries managing increasing volumes of consumer
data such as Finance (+137% over the last five years), Health Care (+121%), and Retail Trade (+89%).
Positions calling for financial skills or a security clearance are even harder to fill than other cybersecurity jobs
• The hardest-to-fill cybersecurity jobs call for financial skills, such as Accounting or knowledge of regulations associated
with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, alongside traditional networking and IT security skills. Because finance and IT skills are rarely
trained for together, there is a skills gap for workers who meet the requirements of these “hybrid jobs.”
• More than 10% of cybersecurity job postings advertise a security clearance requirement. These jobs, on average, take 10%
longer to fill than cybersecurity jobs without a security clearance.
Cybersecurity positions are more likely to require certifications than other IT jobs
• One third (35%) of cybersecurity jobs call for an industry certification, compared to 23% of IT jobs overall.
Cybersecurity employers demand a highly educated, highly experienced workforce
• Some 84% of cybersecurity postings specify at least a bachelor’s degree, and 83% require at least three years of
experience. Because of the high education and experience requirements for these roles, skills gaps cannot easily be
resolved though short-term solutions. Employers and training providers must work together to cultivate a talent pipeline
for these critical roles.