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7 key data points on the cybersecurity skills shortage

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Jon Oltsik is a principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group ESG and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and the New York Times.
I am proud to say that the annual Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals report from ESG and ISSA is now available for free download. 
As part of the research for this report, we always ask cybersecurity professionals several questions about the global cybersecurity skills shortage.  Is it real?  Are things improving or getting worse?  Is your organization impacted and, if so, how? 
Here are some key points this year’s survey revealed:
Five years of ESG/ISSA data reinforces the fact that the cybersecurity skills shortage remains a nagging problem with no easy answers.  ESG/ISSA believe that organizations should strongly consider the survey respondents’ suggestions presented in the report.  Meanwhile, CISOs should assume that the skills shortage may affect every aspect of their cybersecurity programs. 
While most organizations are impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage (70% percent of the cybersecurity professionals we surveyed say that they are solicited by recruiters at least once per month), those that value cybersecurity, align cybersecurity with the business, and create a strong cybersecurity culture are in the best position to attract and retain talent.
Remember, too, that the skills shortage includes a shortage of personnel AND advanced skills.  Therefore, organizations can address aspects of the skills shortage by increasing their commitment to continuing cybersecurity education.
The ESG/ISSA research report is available for free download here.  Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. 
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s cybersecurity service.
Copyright © 2021 IDG Communications, Inc.
Copyright © 2021 IDG Communications, Inc.

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