Wanted: Skilled Security Pros
According to The 2013 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by (ISC)2 in collaboration with contracting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and research firm Frost & Sullivan in a survey of over 12,000 information security professionals worldwide, there's a shortage of talented security pros, the impact of which is being felt now. "Fifty-six percent of respondents believe there is [an IT security] workforce shortage, compared to 2 percent that believe there is a surplus. The impact of the shortage is the greatest on the existing workforce." And the causes of the shortage, according to the report, are threefold: "The reasons for an inability to bridge the need for additional information security workers are fueled by three factors: business conditions, executives not fully understanding the need, and an inability to locate appropriate information security professionals."
Here's a look at some of the most interesting findings from (ISC)2's report, touching not only on the IT security job landscape but also the desired skills employers are looking for when hiring security professionals.