Talent remains in high demand amid cybersecurity labor shortages

By Sarai Rodriguez

– In recent years, the need for cybersecurity professionals has multiplied. Yet the demand is outstripping the availability of talent amid cybersecurity labor shortages, CyberSeek researchers said.

According to the findings, employers listed nearly 770,000 job openings for cybersecurity professionals or jobs requiring cybersecurity skills in a 12-month period ending September 2022.

Additionally, the demand for cybersecurity workers grew 2.4 times faster than the overall rate in the US economy.

Compared to the past decade, nine of the top 10 months for cybersecurity job postings were in 2022.

“The demand for cybersecurity talent has been accelerating for years and employers show no signs of letting up,” Will Markow, vice president of applied research at Lightcast, said in a press release.

“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.

Data from CyberSeek also showed that the total number of cybersecurity job openings for the third quarter of 2022 was 30% higher than in 2021 and 68% higher than in 2020. According to the report offers- demand, approximately 65 cybersecurity workers are in the labor market for every 100 cybersecurity jobs. assignments.

The cybersecurity profession continues to grow in specialized areas, such as penetration testing and threat analysis. There is also a similar expansion of cybersecurity skill requirements into adjacent positions such as auditor, software developer, cloud architect, and helpdesk engineer.

The increase in cyber security threats is a significant reason for the increase in demand for skilled cyber security professionals.

In the event of a cyberattack, healthcare facilities can face patient safety risks and high recovery costs due to insufficient staff.

Despite the number of job openings, healthcare organizations are struggling to fill the abundance of cybersecurity positions.

A report by CyberMDX and Philips revealed that hospitals are struggling with a shortage of cybersecurity talent. Respondents said they struggled to fill jobs within 100 days of posting new positions.

A third of healthcare IT teams said they were not adequately staffed for cybersecurity. More than half of those surveyed admitted that their hospitals were not protected against the common Bluekeep vulnerability.

In order to fill cybersecurity workforce gaps, some organizations like Jefferson Health are leveraging technology, investing in entry-level talent, and lowering barriers to entry for aspiring cybersecurity professionals.

In a March 2022 interview with HealthITSSafetyJefferson Health vice president and CISO Mark Odom said the organization relies on automated technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, and cloud applications to fill the gaps left by the cybersecurity shortage.

AI provides constant monitoring, applications are running 24/7. This cohesive defense allows large amounts of data to be processed and threats to be detected quickly.

“We are also seeing rapid acceleration in the cloud,” Odom said.

“It reduces the workload, not only for your infrastructure team, but also for your security team and your monitoring tools. You don’t have as many tools and almost as many edges to defend.”

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