CyberSeek: the cybersecurity recruitment dynamic is accelerating

The search for cybersecurity talent continues to accelerate across the U.S. economy, with cybersecurity job openings growing more than twice as fast as today’s overheated job market today, according to new data from CyberSeek, a joint initiative of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), Emsi Burning Glass and CompTIA.

U.S. employers deployed 714,548 job postings for cybersecurity roles and skills in the 12-month period to April 2022. Nearly 40% of those job postings were listed in the past first four months of 2022, indicating demand is accelerating as public and private sector organizations seek to bolster their defenses against a host of threats. Demand for cybersecurity jobs increased 43% over the 12-month period, compared to a nearly 18% increase in demand across the job market, according to data from CyberSeek.

“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,” said Rodney Petersen, director of NICE, which is led by the National Institute of Standards and technology from the U.S. Department of Commerce, in a statement.

Petersen added, “It also presents an opportunity to diversify the cybersecurity workforce and redouble efforts to support underserved communities. A career in cybersecurity offers Americans a good job that exceeds the prevailing local salary, includes basic benefits, and develops the skills and experiences needed to advance in a career.

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Cybersecurity workforce in high demand

The latest data from CyberSeek confirms that businesses and government entities across a large swath of the US economy are in recruiting mode for cybersecurity professionals. In April 2022, the largest number of job postings came from employers in the finance and insurance sector. This was notable in that it was the first time in more than a decade that another sector surpassed the professional, scientific and technical services industry in the number of cybersecurity job openings. Two other industries saw large increases in cybersecurity demand between April 2021 and April 2022. Manufacturing saw a 172% increase in cybersecurity labor demand, while real estate saw demand increase by 237%.

“Emsi Burning Glass has been tracking cybersecurity jobs since 2012, and demand in the first four months of 2022 has exceeded anything we’ve ever seen,” Will Markow, vice president of applied research, said in a statement. . “Employers are desperate to find enough skilled workers to counter ever-increasing digital threats.”

Data indicates that cybersecurity skills are increasingly required in more general IT roles. The notion that “cybersecurity is everyone’s business” continues to be reflected in the data.

The supply-demand ratio for cybersecurity workers nationwide is 66%, which means there are approximately 66 workers for every job opening. The ratio is even more pronounced in several metropolitan areas. Washington, DC has a supply-demand ratio of 59%, while the ratio in the Dallas metro area is 53%. Dallas had the most job openings of any metro area and the fourth-highest total of any state and metro market, behind only California, Texas and Virginia.

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