Cybersecurity to Have 3.5 Million Unfilled Jobs Globally By 2021

The New York Times reports that a stunning statistic is reverberating in cybersecurity: Cybersecurity Ventures’ prediction that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021, up from one million positions in 2014.

The cyber employment figure has been corroborated by hundreds of media outlets, including the world’s largest, as well as industry associations, universities, governments, vendors, recruitment firms, and security experts, since our original report was published in May 2017.

Soon after our employment data was released, the World Economic Forum (WEF) republished an article with permission from Knowledge@Wharton, the online research and business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which shared our report, and observed “nowhere is the workforce-skills gap more pronounced than in cybersecurity.”

Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review shared our report, and summed up the plight: “The majority of chief information security officers around the world are worried about the cybersecurity skills gap, with 58 percent of CISOs believing the problem of not having an expert cyber staff will worsen.”

Cybersecurity Ventures arrived at our original estimation of unfilled positions after reviewing and synthesizing dozens of employment figures from the media, analysts, job boards, vendors, governments, and organizations globally. In 2019, we’ve conducted similar research, and we stand firmly behind the two-and-a-half-year-old prediction.

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– Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief @ Cybercrime Magazine