Strong Demand for Cyber Security Jobs

As the number and sophistication of cyberattacks increase, so does the demand for people who can prevent such digital incursions.

The cybersecurity industry is booming - but there aren't enough skilled workers to go around. "More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years," stated a Peninsula Press analysis of the data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The demand for positions like information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018.

Faced with an ongoing skills gap in information security, the security industry has become adept at finding its next hires by stealing them from a competitor or from federal or state agencies. While those in the field and in human resources are acutely aware of the need for talent, the message hasn't traveled upstream to the source of that future talent - that is, students, parents, educators and career counselors.

Dire Need for Information Security Professionals

Few could have predicted the dire need for people in information security today. While higher education has responded by adding courses and degree programs aimed at placing people in information security, there are still fewer people in the pipeline than what is currently needed and, just as importantly, far fewer than are projected to be needed in the future. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, which currently only tracks information security analysts, shows a growth potential pegged at 37 percent, which is "much faster than average."

Part of the problem stems from the lack of information about careers in information security. This issue traces its roots all the way down to parents and school counselors not knowing about the full range of opportunities, or at best reducing the field to going to hacking school. Often, parents and students are told that the only way is to go through a traditional computer science program or a networking program, then switch into security. This may have been the reality 10 years ago, but it's no longer the case.

The courses offered by Cyber Security Course get you up to speed quickly and help you jump start your career in IT Security.