CIOs are looking for security professionals

Security professionals are in high demand

Security ManualAccording to recent data, 25% of enterprise (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) and mid-market (i.e. 250 to 999 employees) organizations claim that they have a “problematic shortage” of IT security skills. In addition, of those organizations planning to add IT headcount in 2014, 42% say they will hire IT security professionals. This is also the highest percentage of all. In other words, more organizations plan to hire IT security professionals than any other role within IT.

Clearly, organizations are under-staffed when it comes to cybersecurity, but that’s not their only problem. Many firms employ security professionals who lack the right skills to get the job done. When surveyors asked enterprise security professionals to identify their biggest challenges around incident detection/response, 39% said that they lacked an adequate staff while 28% claimed that they lacked the adequate analytic skills. Alarmingly, many organizations are under-staffed AND under-skilled.

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.