Global Security Skills Shortage Falls to 2.7 Million Workers
The global cybersecurity skills shortage has fallen for the second consecutive year, but the size of the workforce is still 65% below what it needs to be, according to the latest figures from (ISC)2.
The non-profit accreditations body’s 2021 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study was compiled from interviews with 4,753 cybersecurity professionals and IT workers who dedicate at least 25% of their time to security tasks.
It revealed the shortfall of skilled workers in the industry had sunk from 3.12 million last year to 2.72 million. That’s down in part to 700,000 new entrants joining the sector since 2020 and lower demand for workers from APAC, where a slower economic recovery impacts small businesses and those in the IT services sector.
However, despite the global workforce growing to nearly 4.2 million, there are several persistent causes for concern.
APAC has the most significant regional workforce gap despite faltering demand, at 1.42 million, while the workforce gap in every other region increased since last year. It’s now around 402,000 in North America and 199,000 in Europe, including 33,000 in the UK.
This can have a real impact on cyber-risk levels in