An impending global shortage of nearly 2 million cybersecurity experts by 2019 means that people with cybersecurity skills are currently in high demand. By the year 2022, it’s estimated that 5 billion customer data records will be stolen. That’s a 1.2 billion increase over the course of just five years.
Traditional recruiting methods aren’t effective in a field where there are 350,000 job openings and 800,000 people in the total U.S. cybersecurity workforce. There are 30,000 job openings for Certified Information Security Managers and 10,500 certificate holders.
Here are five reasons you may be on the losing end of the information security talent crisis:
Not Paying Attention to Current Employees With Potential
There just aren’t enough cybersecurity professionals looking for a job to fill the available positions. Companies need to target potential employees who already have jobs, and that kind of recruitment is difficult.
One way to accomplish this is to look in-house at employees who may be interested in expanding their skill set into cybersecurity.
Restricting Your Search to US-Based Candidates
Tech startups are everywhere; the Caribbean area, South and Central America, and Japan are untapped markets for highly qualified cybersecurity professionals. Silicon Valley isn’t the only option for companies who need to hire people with aptitude and talent.
Only Targeting Millennials in a Cybersecurity Talent Search
Since professionals often transition from another field into cyber technology throughout the course of their career, many who are new to the field are further along in their careers than most millennials.
The average age of a cybersecurity professional is currently 42. The field offers an average salary of $100,000 per year and has a less-than-2 percent unemployment rate, but it isn’t on the radar for millennials.
Underestimating Candidates With Non-Traditional Backgrounds
Many IT professionals are moving into the cybersecurity field. There’s a strong connection between people with music and art backgrounds and the skill set required to be successful in cybersecurity, though.
The ability to pick up information quickly, good analytical skills and creative problem-solving skills are more important than a specific type of technical knowledge. The field of cybersecurity is always changing, but a great set of soft skills is timeless.
Insisting on Keeping Cybersecurity Employees In-House
The top locations for cybersecurity professionals are New York, San Francisco, and the Washington metropolitan area, but qualified candidates could be anywhere in the world.
By expanding the job search to include remote or virtual talent, you increase the chances of finding reliable, talented and motivated employees with exactly the combination of experience and education you want.