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(ISC)² Research

Revealing New Opportunities for the Cybersecurity Workforce

The cybersecurity profession faces many challenges but even more opportunities. The (ISC)² research team is dedicated to better understanding the barriers facing the cybersecurity workforce, but we are also focused on uncovering solutions that position these talented individuals to excel in their profession, better defend their organizations’ data and surpass their career goals.

Our research explores a broad array of topics, including quantifying the cybersecurity workforce gap; better understanding the representation of women and minorities within the field; salary benchmarking; uncovering more effective hiring practices; investigating management and leadership issues facing CISOs and CIOs; and more.

Through better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing cybersecurity professionals, we are closer to achieving our vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.

The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study

The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study is conducted annually to assess the size of the current cybersecurity workforce as well as the existing talent shortage. It aims to better understand the barriers facing the cybersecurity profession and uncover strategies that organizations can use to recruit, build and strengthen their cybersecurity teams. It provides insights on these talented individuals who are excelling in this field, securing their organizations’ critical assets and advancing in their careers. This year’s study is unique in that it also investigates the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and how cybersecurity professionals responded to the need for a massive remote work transition of their organizations’ staffs.

2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study

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