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Just What Cyber Security Executives Don’t Want to Hear: The Skills Shortage is Worsening


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A cybersecurity professional on the job.

A report by the Information Systems Security Association and independent industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group found that the cybersecurity skills gap has grown over the past few years.

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Cyber security executives and hiring professionals won't be thrilled to know that the security skills shortage, a challenge they've been grappling with for years, is worsening.

A recent report by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), a community of international cyber security professionals, and independent industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) shows that the skills gap has grown over the past few years.

The organizations surveyed 327 global security and IT professionals earlier this year, and based on the research found that the skills crisis continued to worsen for the fourth year in a row and has impacted nearly three quarters of the organizations.

Among the top ramifications of the skills shortage for organizations or cyber security teams are an increasing workload, unfilled open job requisitions, and an inability to learn or use cyber security technologies to their full potential, putting organizations at significant risk.

 

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