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The Cybersecurity Talent Shortage: Zero Unemployment and No Unicorns?

September 20, 2016 / Douglas Bonderud

Zero percent. As noted by a recent Cybersecurity Ventures report, that’s the new number for cybersecurity unemployment. In fact, there are two available jobs for every qualified candidate, and with 1 million positions still open, companies are getting desperate. Gary Hayslip, CISO for the city of San Diego, told CSO Online that they’re “trying to hire a unicorn” by writing job descriptions with huge skill lists that most security professionals simply don’t have. But what’s the real-world impact of this cybersecurity talent shortage? More importantly, how can companies reverse the trend? Volume, Velocity and Variety Cybersecurity is impacted by the three V’s: volume, variety and velocity. The volume of cyberattacks is rapidly increasing as more zero-day vulnerabilities are discovered, exploit kits become online commodities and cybercriminals broaden their targets.