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Key Findings from the ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

The International Information System Security Certification Consortium, commonly referred to as ISC2, released its annual Cybersecurity Workforce Study! The most recent report, “How the Economy, Skills Gap and Artificial Intelligence are Challenging the Global Cybersecurity Workforce”, provides insights into the current cybersecurity workforce based on survey feedback from over 14,000 cybersecurity professionals in 2023. While the 80+ page report provides a wealth of information, NICCS wants to highlight several key findings from the study that specifically apply to our audiences.

In 2023, there were roughly four million cybersecurity professionals needed in the workforce, a 12.6% increase from the previous year. There is no better time to pursue a career in cybersecurity, as you will potentially have a wide variety of career options when you are ready to enter the workforce. Check out the Interactive Cybersecurity Career Map to learn more about the types of available cybersecurity jobs that you can apply to.

According to the study, 92% of professionals polled reported having cybersecurity skills gaps within their organizations. Some of the most common skills gaps include cloud computing security, AI/ML, and Zero Trust implementation. After learning more about these skills gaps in the report, search for cybersecurity-related training and courses in the NICCS Education & Training Catalog to build your skillset and expertise in those areas.

While education continues to be vital to growing a career in cybersecurity, organizations reported that they often value experience more than formal education. Those pursuing cybersecurity education should look for ways to supplement their coursework through experience building opportunities such as competitions, internships, and certifications. To investigate how to gain valuable experience, take a look at our Cybersecurity Competitions & Games page, Cybersecurity Certifications page, and hands-on micro-challenges within the Cyber Career Pathways tool, as well as search for internships on the Interactive Cybersecurity Career Map.

Whether you’re a student curious about what courses to take or experience to gain as you pursue cybersecurity studies; a professional thinking about next steps in your cybersecurity career; an organization that is hiring for cybersecurity positions; or a teacher, trainer, or provider developing cybersecurity training and coursework, this study will provide you with valuable information to succeed in cyber – learn more and explore other resources from ISC2.