The numbers are in — and the world will face a shortfall of 3.5 million cybersecurity workers by 2021, according to this year’s Official Annual Cybersecurity Jobs Report.
A lack of experienced cyber defense workers poses the biggest threat to society and organizations globally — more so than ransomware and DDoS attacks and more than all conceivable cyber risks combined.
How to solve the cybersecurity labor shortage
To address the cybersecurity labor shortage, CIOs and CISOs may want to consider making every IT position a cybersecurity position now. Every IT worker, every technology worker, needs to be involved with protecting and defending apps, data, devices, infrastructure, and people.
In late 2013, Cisco reported that there were 1 million cybersecurity job openings globally. Since then, despite a growing awareness of the problem, the numbers have trended in a scarily negative direction.