Information security technologies are advancing at such a pace that a gap has been created between the number of people needed to manage it all, and the number of trained, qualified professionals available to fill the need. This is wonderful news for those seeking to advance their careers by focusing on securing the data and networks major corporations and government agencies depend upon.
“The Cybersecurity Talent Gap Is An Industry Crisis!” is the title of an August 2018 article in Forbes. The article points out that “there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions in the industry by 2021.”
If you’re a manager in any of the companies seeking to fill those positions, that’s frighteningly bad news. But if you’re someone seeking employment in the cybersecurity sector, it’s fantastic.
Who Are You?
Many different types of people find themselves seeking opportunities like this. New graduates, especially those with Computer Science degrees, are foremost among them. But there are also many highly capable people whose careers have been interrupted and have been displaced from excellent jobs because of downturns in other industries such as coal, steel, paper, and others. These people are challenged to find opportunities that match their former earning potential. Add to that military veterans, parents of adult children returning to the workforce, and others.
Some may think they’re simply not qualified for cybersecurity roles, or that it would take too long to get the required education. This is not necessarily true.
Cybersecurity experts don’t depend upon technical skills alone, though the technical skills required can be learned in focused courses given by qualified professional trainers. They also must have the ability to connect various occurrences together, see patterns emerge, make conclusions based on what they see and take action to prevent or resolve issues. All that is needed to determine if you have the requisite aptitudes is a conversation with a New Horizons cybersecurity instructor.
Excellent Compensation and a Feeling of Satisfaction
Most cybersecurity professionals talk about the satisfaction they derive from knowing that they are keeping their company safe and preventing calamities. Many career-changers, returnees and displaced employees from other industries will find the opportunity to earn is similar or higher, meaning they can continue to support their families with the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.
They also feel proud of their profession. They know they are delivering a valuable service, and that their colleagues appreciate them.
Important Next Steps
If you are the parent of a high-school or college-aged student, contact their school and ask what programs are in place to encourage them to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Recent public events clearly indicate that the need for experts will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Many programs are available to assist schools in creating and delivering such programs.
If you are a graduating senior from high-school or college or a returning veteran, or you’re seeking a new career direction for any reason, speak to a New Horizons counselor today and let them guide you through the courses you would need to take, how you can obtain financial assistance for them, and how quickly you can make yourself marketable to any of those 3.2 million open jobs.
In the meantime, be sure to be on Twitter from 3-4pm at #ChatSTC to participate in their discussion about Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity and visit www.staysafeonline.org to learn much more about National CyberSecurity Awareness Month.