The Cyber Gap Series — Part 1

A Perspective on the Cybersecurity Gap

Every year, millions of people attend college to pursue degrees in their various fields of interest for the opportunity to improve their quality of life and contribute their energies to their passions. Yet, many of those who graduate will go on to be underemployed for most of their professional lives. In some industries, where there is an excess of candidates available for an exceedingly finite amount of jobs, this outcome could be a natural outcropping of supply exceeding demand. However, certain industries contend with the inverse problem: too few people for so many jobs. This is indeed the case for the Cybersecurity industry, with half a million jobs in the United States and an estimated four million worldwide going unfilled[1].

Even the most cursory internet search will reveal no shortage of articles that discuss this apparent gap that exists within the industry. This gap, represented by a zero percent unemployment rate[2] and a median pay that far exceeds the national average[3], has several theoretical causal factors. These causal factors, education, economics, politics, and socialization, and their interaction with one another, are believed to be the root of the current employment disparity.

This series of articles will examine each factor individually, as well as their interrelation with one another, to provide a comprehensive review of the issue at hand. Furthermore, this series will also review the remedial recommendations that have been put forth to shrink the jobs gap. Most importantly, this series will serve as the foundation for future articles that will examine and discuss the various skills, traits, and qualifiers that will assist in improving the quality of the Cybersecurity workforce.

[1] Craig, R. (2019, November 26). Closing the cybersecurity skills gap. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryancraig/2019/11/26/closing-the-cybersecurity-skills-gap/#7ef2baa774a8

[2] Morgan, S. (2016, September 19). Cybersecurity unemployment rate drops to zero percent. Cybercrime Magazine. https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-unemployment-rate/

[3] Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020, September 1). Information security analysts : Occupational outlook handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-5