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Global IT Security shortage

Written By - Stephen Huxley - April 10,2020

Global IT security skills shortages have now surpassed four million, according to (ISC)2.

The certifications organization compiled its latest Cybersecurity Workforce Study from interviews with over 3200 security professionals around the world.

The number of unfilled positions now stands at 4.07 million professionals, up from 2.93 million this time last year. This includes 561,000 in North America and a staggering 2.6 million shortfall in APAC.

The shortage of skilled workers in the industry in Europe has soared by more than 100% over the same period, from 142,000 to 291,000. The report estimated the current global workforce at 2.93 million, including 289,000 in the UK and 805,000 in the US. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of responding organizations reported a shortage of cybersecurity staff, with a lack of skilled or experienced security personnel their number one workplace concern (36%).