Before we jump into talking about the future, let’s analyze the present scenarios pertaining to Cybersecurity. The (ISC)2 has made research in the year 2018 on the topic “ Cybersecurity Professionals Focus on Developing New Skills as Workforce Gap Widens.”

The results revealed the future itself; it talks about many facets of the Cybersecurity domain, from new inclusions to practitioners with different cybersecurity certifications. Cybersecurity touches almost everyone in an organization, whether it’s a small, medium, or large business house. The scope of the research stretched from North America, Latin America, and Europe to the Asia Pacific or APAC. The research project took a sample of 1500 respondents to gather their input; these were employees of all sizes of organizations from 50 employees to more than 500 employees. It has waived some job tile aspects like IT/ICT professionals are often responsible for securing their organization’s critical assets but do not have formal information security titles. They reached IT pros who had spent at least 25% of their time working in the cybersecurity domain.

The Outcome

A shortage of nearly 2.93 million cybersecurity professionals was noted globally. Now the figure gives the real-world impact on companies & organizations & on the people who are in the cybersecurity space. Currently, the stakes are high, and people in cybersecurity are overburdened with responsibilities. It is also impacted by their paychecks.

Staff & Skill gap

Current cybersecurity Staffing

According to 63% of the respondent, their organization has a shortage of IT staff, and nearly 60% of their organizations are at either extreme or moderate risk of cybersecurity attacks due to the gap. 23% of them have reported a significant shortage of dedicated cybersecurity staff by Sprintzeal.

Global 2.93 Million
North America498000
Latin America136000
APAC2.14 Million

Top Job Concerns

In short, the situation is more gruesome when we ponder on the skill gap, resources, budgets & time constraints of the present employees in IT cybersecurity. The study closely delivers actuality in terms of percentage.

The present investments by companies are below the ideal budget priority. Mostly it is close to 49% now, but it should be 60%, with a growing presence in the digital sphere one cannot neglect its cybersecurity.

Work experience of employees also depends & is counted at the top of the required skills. 49% of employees have relevant cybersecurity work experience. Only 47% had advanced cybersecurity concepts & have done advanced certifications like CISSP and CASP+. The CISSP is quite popular among them & only 49% of them are certified professionals by ISC2, and 28% of them had CompTIA CASP+.

Cybersecurity community 

Gen X & Baby boomers make up 49% of the cybersecurity workforce, while millennials & Gen Y comprised 35%, with 24% of them being women. The cybersecurity pros with more than 20+ years of work experience drew $150000, while mid-level professionals with 5-20 years of cybersecurity work experience drew between $110000-and $140000. While the rookies with Associate level certification & other full-time certified professionals with experience between 6 months to 5 years draw a salary between $60000 – $ 90000.

Top challenges in Cybersecurity

While dealing with day-to-day responsibilities, cybersecurity professionals consider long-term progress in their career the most along with funding, skill set, & authority.

They have reported that 25% of the challenge forms Low-security awareness among end-users & owners. While 24% of the challenges constitute not having skilled professionals at disposal & reach. 23% of the challenge is formed due to inadequate funding and 21% of the rest forms due to lack of management support & lastly the 23% is related to large organizations that have a lot of data to analyze.

Career progression & resources available

Whether companies are supporting training and certification efforts or individuals are pursuing their own, the obstacle is rising to the top. With the advent of newer cyber solutions, critical must expertise in domains is listed in percentage.

Security Awareness58%
Risk assessment, analysis & management58%
Security Administration53%
Network Monitoring52%
Digital Forensic & incident investigation52%
Intrusion detection51%
Cloud Computing Security51%
Security Engineering51%

So it is clear from the observation that if one aspirant is preparing for CISSP Certification, then where one must focus, needless to say, every domain in cybersecurity requires equal attention. Now, we know what the future is like in Cybersecurity. The future is alluring and demands new talents. One must know that every year employees retire, so to fill the vacancy, a candidate should be ready with his or her CISSP which is the Gold standard certification in the cybersecurity discipline.

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