Cyber Skills Gap Climbs To 4 Million…. Yikes!

According to the ISC2 2023 Cybersecurity Workforce Study released this week, the global cybersecurity workforce gap has increased by 12.6% since 2022 reaching four million people.

Despite an 8.7% increase in the global cybersecurity workforce compared with 2022, reaching 5.5 million professionals, of professionals surveyed, 92% said they had skills gaps in their organization and 67% reported a shortage staff needed to prevent and troubleshoot security issues.

47% of respondents said they had experienced cyber-related cutbacks in the past year, including layoffs, budget cuts and hiring or promotion freezes, and, of that group, 22% were impacted by layoffs, both first- and second-hand.

Furthermore, 47% of respondents admitted they have no or minimal knowledge of AI and risks associated while AI and emerging technologies was cited as the biggest challenge facing cybersecurity professionals over the next two years (45%), followed by worker/skill shortages (43%).

Encouragingly, 52% of cyber professionals said their organizations are encouraging the use of AI internally and that advancements in AI is the third most positive impact on their ability to secure their organization, behind zero trust (34%) and automation (40%).

Dave Ratner, CEO, HYAS:

   “The combination of the cybersecurity skills gap, overall personnel shortage, and rising and increasingly sophisticated attacks is a perfect storm for bad actors and nefarious activity.  Without solutions like Protective DNS to automatically pinpoint and identify anomalous activities, organizations are increasingly at risk for exploitation, and are one of the only ways to confidently address the growing storm.”

This skills gap is a threat to us all as it gives more opportunities for threat actors do all sorts of evil things. Everyone needs to address this or we’ll be in all sorts of trouble that there will be difficult to exit from.

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