Why the Skills Gap in IT Security Might Get Wider

By Gina Roos  |  Posted 2015-11-19 Email

Despite growing demand for cyber-security professionals, a global survey of 3,871 young adults indicates a significant talent gap ahead. The survey, commissioned by Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance, uncovers some startling news that could spell trouble for businesses seeking talent to keep their companies safe from cyber-attacks. The annual study, Securing Our Future: Closing the Cyber Talent Gap, indicates that schools are not preparing young adults for cyber-security jobs, and the gap is even wider when it comes to females being informed about careers in the field. These findings are a wake-up call for needed collaboration among businesses, the government and education. "There will be serious implications for the world's security, safety and economic stability if we don't figure out how to foster a cyber-security workforce capable of protecting our information from increasingly harmful cyber-threats," said Jack Harrington, vice president of cyber-security and special missions for Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business. Here are 12 reasons businesses should worry about a lack of security talent.


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