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Research Suggests Cybersecurity Skills Shortage is Getting Worse (CSO)

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Each year, ESG does an annual global survey on the state of IT — the business value of IT, new IT initiatives, areas of concern, etc. This year’s research is based upon a survey of 620 IT and cybersecurity professional across all industries, with respondents working in North America and Western Europe.

ESG asks respondents to identify areas in which they have a “problematic shortage” of skills on an annual basis. Once again in 2018, survey respondents say cybersecurity represents the biggest area where their organizations have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. The #2 response was IT architecture/planning, and the #3 response was server/virtualization administration.

What’s especially alarming is the steady growth we’ve seen over the years:

  • 2014: 23 percent of respondents claimed their organization had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills
  • 2015: 25 percent of respondents claimed their organization had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills
  • 2016: 46 percent of respondents claimed their organization had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills
  • 2017: 45 percent of respondents claimed their organization had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills
  • 2018: 51 percent of respondents claimed their organization had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills