Cybersecurity professionals continue to be in short supply, with demand for them straining talent availability, according to cybersecurity workforce analytics platform CyberSeek.
Developed in partnership with NIST’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, Lightcast, and CompTIA, CyberSeek in a new study says there were nearly 770,000 cybersecurity job vacancies for the 12-month period ending in September 2022. Employer demand for these jobs is growing 2.4 times faster than the overall rate across the entire US economy.
In fact, nine of the top 10 months for cybersecurity job postings over the past 10 years occurred in 2022, CyberSeek found.
“The data should compel us to redouble our efforts to educate young people and adults about career opportunities in cybersecurity, especially during Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, an international campaign to inspire individuals to explore the variety of types of cybersecurity roles that are needed in the public and private sectors,” said Rodney Petersen, director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).
Despite a slight decline in hiring activity in recent months from record volumes at the start of the year, cybersecurity job postings for Q3 2022 increased 30% from compared to the same period in 2021 and 68% compared to 2020, according to the data.
There are about 65 cybersecurity workers in the labor market for every 100 job openings, a supply-demand ratio that has largely held steady over the past 12 months.
Perhaps exacerbating the cybersecurity jobs crisis, job posting requirements have increased dramatically over the past 12 months as the industry expands into specialist areas such as penetration testing. and threat analysis.
There is a similar expansion in cybersecurity skill requirements in adjacent positions such as auditor (+336%), software developer (+87%), cloud architect (+83%) and technical support engineer ( +48%), according to CyberSeek.
“CyberSeek data reaffirms the critical importance of nurturing roles and more creative thinking about on-ramps and career paths,” said Ron Culler, Vice President of Cyber Learning at CompTIA. “It is clear from the CyberSeek data that the importance and impact of cybersecurity reaches all levels of the technology workforce. We see this trend continuing and are committed to ensuring that cybersecurity professionals are prepared for the current and future challenges it will bring.
“The demand for cybersecurity talent has been accelerating for years and employers show no signs of letting up,” said Will Markow, vice president of applied research at Lightcast. “That’s why it’s more important than ever to build strong talent pools to ensure a safer digital world. We cannot afford to leave holes in our cybersecurity defenses simply because we don’t have enough trained workers to plug them.