The cybersecurity industry is faced with a widening talent gap. In 2015, a Symantec survey forecasted the shortage of cybersecurity experts to hit 1.5 million by 2019. The latest study by Cybersecurity Ventures, a firm that researches the global cyber economy, predicts that figure to rise above 3.5 million by 2021.
The same study expects the cost of cybercrime to reach an annual $6 trillion by 2021, twice the recorded $3 trillion in 2015.
With data and connectivity finding its way into everything, there’s virtually no aspect of life, business, or politics that is immune to cyberattacks and data breaches.
“The industry is failing to meet the demand for cybersecurity talent because there aren’t enough high schoolers entering higher education programs in cyber, there aren’t enough college graduates entering the cyber field with relevant training, there aren’t enough women in cyber, and even less minorities in cyber,” says Steve Morgan, CEO of Cybersecurity Ventures.