Research from e-Skills has demonstrated the urgent need to attract young people into the cyber security industry before the lack of such professionals becomes a serious risk to UK businesses.
E-Skills, the sector skills council for the IT industry, currently hosting InfoSecurity in London, said only seven percent of information security professionals are in their 20s.
The council argued that better entry routes into security specific careers needs to be available to young people, with nearly a third of UK security professionals having progressed to their current position from general IT or non-IT roles.
"This research offers real insight into training and qualification issues in the cyber security industry. Attracting new talent, of both sexes, into the sector is critical, and we need to make sure that new entrants can easily identify and follow a worthwhile career path," said Nigel Payne, e-Skills UK project director.
"The easier it is for them to find the training and qualifications they need, the faster they will become successful and productive assets to their employers."
The e-Skills research was based on recruitment data from Alderbridge Consulting, which used 1,750 data sets from job candidates, The recruitment firm then looked at candidates' previous roles dating back to 2002, and information about their qualifications and demographics dating back to 2007.
E-Skills told V3 that from its interviews with chief information security offices, the top in-demand security skills are: information security architecture; risk management and compliance; and intelligence/threat analysis.
V3 is currently running a Make IT Better campaign, which in partnership with the Corporate IT Forum, aims to improve IT education and fix the growing skills crises facing the IT and digital industry
Last week Skype spoke to V3 about its difficulties in finding product developers with the right mix of business and tech skills.
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