See How Much Cybersecurity Expert earns!
Fast fact: According to a study, Security professions like: Application Security Engineers, Cybersecurity Analyst and Network Security Engineers are paid an average salary of $175,000/year.
It’s not just our systems that are challenged in keeping up with today’s security environment; there are challenges on the staff side as well. The number of unfilled information security positions around the world is estimated at 208,000 and as expected by a recent Cybersecurity Ventures report, it is predicted that there will be 3.5 million Cybersecurity job openings by 2021.
Volume, Velocity and Variety
Cybersecurity is impacted by the three V’s: volume, variety and velocity.
The volume of cyber-attacks is rapidly increasing as more zero-day vulnerabilities are discovered, exploit kits become online commodities and cyber-criminals broaden their targets.
Threats are also ramping up in terms of speed and type. Cloud resources and the wealth of data shared online to make it easier than ever for malicious actors to discover security weak spots and create new attack vectors.
As attackers are becoming more and more sophisticated, they can have a lot of different ways to target individuals and organizations. This variety can lead to different levels of damage to the organizations and requires an immune system that alerts about vulnerabilities before a cyber threat occurs.
As noted by Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager of IBM Security, this translates to a “skills crisis in security,” even if the industry is able to fill every open job in the next few years. This isn’t good news, but it’s not entirely hopeless, either.
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