2022 ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Report

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(ISC)² has just released the 2022 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. This year, (ISC)² interviewed 11,779 cybersecurity professionals worldwide.

Key Insights from Study Participants:

  • 75% report strong job satisfaction, yet 70% still feel overworked
  • Only 28% report their organization actively listens and values their input
  • 55% believe diversity will increase among their teams within two years
  • 20% say their organization would increase their security budget as the result of a breach, but only 16% feel their organization would hire additional security staff

It’s estimated that the total global cybersecurity workforce in 2022 was at 4.7 million people, an 11.1% increase over last year, representing 464,000 more jobs. Currently, there is a global cybersecurity workforce gap of 3.4 million people.

The global workforce gap increased by over 25% this year and nearly 70% of organizations say they have a worker shortage. Organizations are now focusing on ways to address and mitigate the effects of worker shortages.

The workforce is rapidly changing. Cybersecurity workers are in greater demand than even before. New trends are emerging, motivating people and organizations to value education, certifications, and practical skills differently than they have in the past. Over the past year, relevant IT/cybersecurity experience and strong problem-solving skills were highly valued. Certifications are still valuable and relevant in 2022 as 96% of respondents held at least one certification.

Overall, cybersecurity professionals are passionate about their work. While 70% of people felt overworked, 75% or respondents are strongly satisfied with their jobs and 78% stated that it is a rewarding profession.

The report addresses the changing workforce, the study highlights the top issues with retention, workplace conditions, the changing perception of certifications, and the impacts of current events and future predictions for the cybersecurity workforce.

Read the full report here: https://www.isc2.org/Research/Workforce-Study

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