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(swing jazz music)
– All right.
Today, I am drinking a cocktail in a can,
the cosmopolitan vodka cranberry drink.
– [Crew] Have you had this?
– I have not had this before,
so we are flying blind.
Kind of looks like pink lemonade.
Smells like cough syrup.
It tastes closer to cough
syrup than pink lemonade too.
I’m Will Markow, Vice President
of Applied Research at Emsi Burning Glass.
Among other things, I keep track
of the job market for cybersecurity.
Despite what you may think,
this is not a job
(suspenseful swing jazz music)
that is only performed
by hoodie wearing hackers
in the movies.
Hey, I like a good thriller,
just as much as the next guy,
but the real nail-biter is
how we’re going to keep
all of our information
and communications safe
Any company that holds
information needs experts
who can keep that information safe.
Trust me, it’s a lot of companies.
Not so fun fact,
there are almost 500,000 openings
for cybersecurity jobs every year
in the United States.
Unfortunately, most of
those jobs go unfilled
because there aren’t enough
people with the right skills.
Cybersecurity jobs remain open 20% longer
than the average for all IT jobs,
which are already
notoriously difficult jobs
for employers to fill.
There is some cranberry,
some metallic notes
and the lime.
There is some lime in there,
so something resembling
a natural ingredient.
Did you know that cybersecurity
jobs are projected
to grow faster than almost any other job?
The reality is our
cybersecurity workforce needs
to double in size in order
to match our increased online activity
and avoid data privacy leaks,
and generally insecure data.
Today, I have a few recommendations
for employers to help them find, hire,
or build their cybersecurity workforce.
For one, start training your
current IT professionals.
Cybersecurity skills change all the time.
So it is good practice to get in the habit
of training for IT skills
within your organization often.
Take cloud security skills, for example.
They are projected to grow
115% over the next five years
and hiring workers
with those skills will cost
you an additional $15,000
So it might be much
cheaper to train workers,
rather than to try to hire workers
with these fast-growing skills.
Another internal option could be looking
for current employees who
have transferable skills,
that would be a good
match for cybersecurity.
Some of those roles could be network
and computer systems administrators,
or even an accountant.
My last tip for today is
to simplify your job
descriptions for only the skills
and credentials you really need.
This will broaden your talent pool
and could save you money.
There are a lot of IT
workers who have roles
that could make the
leap into cybersecurity
with additional last-mile skills
Maybe rethink the
and certification requirements needed
to qualify for the position.
Most private sector
cybersecurity jobs demand
a bachelor’s degree, or a hard
to find cybersecurity certification
and that may be something
employers want to reconsider.
Call it “non-traditional casting”.
If you’re interested in getting
into cybersecurity yourself,
you might wanna check out cyberseek.org,
the website we developed
in partnership with compTIA
and the National Initiative
for Cybersecurity Education.
It’s got data on
cybersecurity job openings
down to the local level,
and it also has career pathways
and other tips for getting started
and getting ahead in cybersecurity.
The fact is,
the demand for cybersecurity
skills is growing dramatically.
If you need help building
a talent strategy
or finding hard to find people
with the cybersecurity skills you need,
we’re here for you.
So happy Friday,
and here’s your friendly reminder
to avoid those phishing emails.
Signing off of Beer
with Emsi Burning Glass,
I’m Will Markow,
and I’m gonna go find a real cocktail.
– [Crew] There ya go.