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Cybersecurity Chiefs Struggle to Hire Amid Talent Shortage


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Thirty-eight percent of surveyed professionals said staff shortages meant their teams didn't have time to train each new hire.

Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters

The cybersecurity talent gap grew by 26.2% over the past year, with around 3.4 million unfilled jobs worldwide, according to a study from (ISC)2, a nonprofit professional organization that offers cybersecurity certifications.

Seventy percent of around 11,000 cybersecurity practitioners and decision makers surveyed by (ISC)2 said their companies don't have enough cybersecurity staff to be effective. Almost half said their teams didn't have enough time for proper risk assessment and made oversights in certain procedures because of staff shortages, according to the firm's data.

While the labor shortage increased, the number of people working in cybersecurity grew by around 11% globally over the past year, with a total of around 464,000 new professionals, (ISC)2 found.

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