[Infographic] How can we stop the widening cybersecurity talent gap

In 2018, 51% of organizations had a cybersecurity skills shortage, up from just 21% in 2014.


According to hundreds of IT professionals, the talent shortage for competent cybersecurity employees is the greatest challenge facing their organization. In the US alone there are over 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs and globally by 2021, the demand for such professions will result in 3.5 million positions.

In 2018, 51% of organizations had a cybersecurity skills shortage, up from just 21% in 2014. Recognizing that this problem is only getting worse, organizations have had to start getting creative. Because the process of finding and hiring cybersecurity professionals poses such a challenge, organizations strive to build smaller, yet effete teams with a greater knowledge base. They understand the value that cybersecurity talent brings to a team, but ultimately these employees are potentially just one better offer away from leaving for a different company. So how are smart business leaders dealing with this every growing shortage of cybersecurity talent?

The use of Managed Security Programs, or MSPs, shine as a cost-effective and reliable option for when hiring cybersecurity professions becomes an impossibility. The technology behind MSPs allows businesses ways to control their cybersecurity needs and defend against data breaches in much the same ways and just as effectively as in-house cybersecurity teams. MSPs are a great options for smaller sized businesses that can’t keep up with the salary demands of cybersecurity professionals, companies with limited IT resources or team members, and businesses that are not too concerned about security issues but would still like to have background support on hand just in case.

Is your business suffering from the cybersecurity talent gap? There are other options for organizations to take advantage of when the talent supply isn’t meeting the demands. Take a look at this infographic from Digital Guardian for more on the state of the cybersecurity shortage, what to expect for the future, and how to manage in the meantime.

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