Companies and organisations across the world will need another 1.8 million more cyber-security pros to protect themselves by 2022.
That's according to market researchers Frost and Sullivan. The deficit of security pros is revealed in the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study that the organisation has spent some time putting together.
It spoke to many companies in Europe and across the world, and found that 40 per cent of them want to increase their cyber security people by at least 15 per cent over the next five years.
Frost and Sullivan reminds us, and anyone else who might stumble across its report, that cybersecurity is a hot topic right now. If a company hasn't been breached, it's been hacked or it's running Windows XP and opening up random attachments and downloading rogue applications.
"Cybersecurity professionals worldwide face an ever-evolving threat landscape that many feel they are ill-equipped to manage. Data breaches at corporations, educational institutions and government agencies continue to erode public confidence in the state of cybersecurity," the company said in its introduction.
"The emergence of consumer goods such as wearable devices and self-driving cars, alongside the increasing connectivity of the systems managing critical infrastructure such as power plants and traffic signals are creating new threats to public safety, privacy, and economic stability."
Two-thirds of respondents said that they did not have enough skilled workers in-house to cope with current threats, and it's fair to assume that current threats are only going to get worse.
"This year's study reveals we are on pace to reach a cybersecurity workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022, a 20 per cent increase over the forecast made in 2015," added the firm.
"Workers cite a variety of reasons why there are too few information security workers, and these reasons vary regionally, however, globally the most common reason for the worker shortage is a lack of qualified personnel."
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