Cybersecurity Jobs Report: Workforce Shortage to Reach 1.5 million by 2019

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The Cybersecurity Jobs Report for Q4 2015 is released by Cybersecurity Ventures

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The worldwide shortage of information security professionals is at 1 million openings.

The Cybersecurity Jobs Report provides cybersecurity job market trends, statistics, notable employment activity, and resources for job seekers, employment managers, recruiters, search firms, corporate executives, engineers, consultants, and sales and marketing executives.

The report can be seen at

According to the report:

The cybersecruity workforce is expected to rise to 6 million (globally) by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million;

The worldwide shortage of information security professionals is at 1 million openings, even as cyberattacks and data breaches increase each year;

More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years;

The demand for information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018;

There are around 1,000 top-level cybersecurity experts globally vs. a need for 10,000 to 30,000;

The top security salary is for a lead software security engineer at $233,333;

By 2018, fully 75 percent of chief security officers (CSO) and chief information security officers (CISOs) will report directly to the CEO, not the CIO. This will arguably push those positions higher up in to the salary stratosphere;

Careers in information security analysis are growing at a rate of 36.5 percent through 2022;

Men are five times more likely than women to consider careers in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Ventures cites statistics and sources in the full report, which is published at

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