What: ISACA’s Cybersecurity Jobs Index is a new at-a-glance summary of key statistics and insights on the state of cybersecurity jobs and the growing gap between supply and demand. The job index shows that here has been a nearly 10-point jump in the past year among security pros who say that fewer than half of job candidates are qualified at time of hire.
Who: Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, Chair of ISACA’s Board of Directors, is available for interviews via phone this week or at the CSX 2016 cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas next week; see his quote below.
ISACA is a global association serving 140,000 technology professionals in 180 countries. Throughout its nearly 50 years, ISACA has helped individuals advance their skills and capabilities, to help organizations realize the positive potential of technology. In 2014, ISACA established the Cybersecurity Nexus, to provide cybersecurity credentialing, skills-based training, research and guidance.
Why: “The cybersecurity skills gap is quickly turning into a chasm. ISACA’s 2016 Cybersecurity Jobs Index shows that the number and cost of a breach are on the rise, but so too are the number of cybersecurity job openings and length of time it takes to fill an opening,” said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, Chair of ISACA’s Board of Directors. “It’s a perfect storm that leaves organizations vulnerable—so a greater focus on cybersecurity upskilling is critical.”
As Cybersecurity Awareness Month is underway and as the White House has recently appointed its first CISO, the issue of cybersecurity preparedness is on the minds of business leaders. But the shortage of properly trained and credentialed professionals is creating a gaping hole in company defenses that technology alone can’t fill. Tracking the cybersecurity jobs market will show executives whether the gap is growing and what they should do to cope.