A Cybersecurity Ventures study stated there will be 1 million cybersecurity jobs open worldwide in 2016, with the vast majority of the these being in the United States. This figure is expected to rise to 1.5 million by 2019.
Gary Hayslip, deputy director and CISO for San Diego gave Cybersecurity Ventures noted that the dearth of prospects is part of the problem, but some of the blame should be attached to those doing the hiring along with the job hunters.
“They need three people but can only hire one so they write the job spec with a huge list of disparate skill sets that most security professionals don’t have. I also believe there’s a number of people coming out of school with cyber degrees and they can’t get jobs because of minimal experience. Whether they like it or not they need to take those entry level positions and mature as a security professional,” he said.