When it comes to choosing a career in the world of cyber, security seems to be a less attractive option than hacking – judging by the severe shortage of qualified cybersecurity recruits. Just as there were ‘two girls for every boy’ for Jan and Dean, according to anti-virus guru John McAfee there are two vacancies for every candidate. It’s the biggest problem currently facing cybersecurity firms.
This is not a new dilemma. Two years ago business consultancy Frost & Sullivan predicted that by 2020 there would be 1.5m vacancies. Salaries are attractive, prospects are good, training is available, unemployment is zero – but no one seems interested.
Various organisations are taking steps to try and redress the balance. One solution is to train up all IT staff in cybersecurity.