Cybersecurity is a very large field, filled with many specialized jobs that require a large variety of skills. Though it seems silly to point this out, it is sadly necessary to state that "cybersecurity expert" is not an actual job title. The hardest part of getting a cybersecurity career is knowing how each individual component works. For example, if you want to be a security analyst, you might have to understand coding, cybersecurity law, binary exploration, and reverse engineering. So how is one to start delving into all these facets?
Yes, there is a cybersecurity drought looming over the horizon. The data coming in is alarming; They are announcing that by 2020 there could be a shortage of cybersecurity experts by up to 1.5 million, worse yet, the shortage could reach 3.5 million by 2021. How is a global economy about to connect from 20 to 50 Billion IOT devices in 2020 alone can allow this to happen? The jobs are there, the colleges are ready, but the numbers are not growing fast enough. Some people think that maybe the lack of professionals is due to the fact that as an industry, cybersecurity has done a poor job of communicating job opportunities to seasoned IT Professionals.
Cyber threats have become a major problem for every organization. There are many technological solutions, defenses, a lot of advice and many advisors. Before these can be effective, an organization must be able to frame the problem. Specifically, it must understand whether its defenses can mitigate cyber risks, and whether they are effective against existing threats and can provide a means to secure the future. Without such insight, the organization cannot quantitatively assess where investments in cybersecurity should be made.
The cybersecurity market is rapidly expanding in today's society; and rightfully so. The steady increase in data breaches and threats to our identities show no signs of slowing down. According to an article from Cybersecurity Ventures, the estimated value of the cybersecurity market had increased to $120 billion. That is up 35 times the amount listed in 2004 at $3.5 billion. However, The Bureau of Labor modified a previous report in April, 2018.