There has been a lot of talk lately about a possible slowdown in hiring in the tech industry. However, some new data suggests that cybersecurity hiring will only increase.
According to CyberSeek, a joint initiative between the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), Emsi Burning Glass and CompTIA, the demand for cybersecurity professionals “is accelerating as more and more organizations in the industries public and private seek to strengthen their defenses against a multitude of threats. ”
How fast is this demand accelerating? In the 12 months to April, U.S. employers posted some 714,548 cybersecurity jobs, and 40% of those jobs were listed in the first four months of 2022. in the 12 months, demand for cybersecurity jobs has increased by 43%, compared to 18% for the overall job market.
“The growth of job openings and the steady increase in the number of people employed in cybersecurity-related roles indicate that cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important and urgent for businesses as it protects their organizations and consumers from the risks precipitated by the increase in the number of remote workers, supply chain concerns and global events,” Rodney Petersen, director of NICE, wrote in a statement accompanying the data.
A large portion of these cybersecurity hires are in the finance and insurance industries; manufacturing and real estate also saw spikes in demand for cybersecurity professionals. (And don’t forget governments, who also have an intense need to secure their tech stacks.),” Will Markhow, vice president of applied research, wrote in a statement. “Employers are desperate to find enough skilled workers to counter ever-increasing digital threats.”
Other research firms have noted an increase in demand for cybersecurity roles. For example, Gartner recently predicted that cybersecurity spending will reach $187 billion in 2023, an increase of about 11% from 2022. he bear market persists, businesses around the world still need to protect their systems against internal and external threats, especially as those systems become more advanced.