Cybersecurity graduates are doubling, but that's still not going to fix the skills crisis

European Union members have a collective cybersecurity skills shortage that may be partially addressed by a surge in new graduates – but even that potential solution is not without its problems.

Supply chain component strains are affecting all industries right now, but one supply chain problem that pre-existed the pandemic is the mismatch between supply and demand for cybersecurity staff.

ENISA, the EU’s transnational cybersecurity agency, has now raised a flag about the enduring labor market supply problem and says it won’t be resolved despite a doubling of the number of graduates in the next two years.

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“The number of skilled and qualified workers is not enough to meet the demand, and national labour markets are disrupted worldwide, Europe included, as a consequence,” ENISA says in a new report. 

“The number of graduates in the next 2-3 years is expected to double. However, gender balance is still an issue with only 20% of female students enrolled.”

Free market competition for security professionals is also impacting the supply of expertise to public sector and central banks, which don’t pay as much as banks and insurance companies. 

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