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Rise of the ‘Accidental’ Cybersecurity Professional (Tech Republic)

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With an extreme shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, it’s becoming increasingly common for people—especially women—to enter the field from other careers, including IT, law, compliance, and government. These employees form a group of “accidental” cyber professionals who are filling the need for cyber professionals and offering a different view on security threats.

Job postings in the cybersecurity field have gone up 74% over the past five years—a Cisco report estimates that there are currently 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide. US News and World Report ranked a career in information security analysis fifth on its list of best technology jobs. Average salaries nationally are $88,890, and significantly higher in cities such as San Francisco and New York.

“The job prospects are excellent,” said Deborah Hurley, a professor for Brown University’s executive master in cybersecurity program. “The demand far outstrips the supply.”