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How Cybersecurity Became the Most In-demand Profession of the Century

Although most people may not think about cybersecurity too much in their day-to-day, it continues to play an increasingly important role in all of our lives. The nature of technology is ever-changing, and from the start, it’s required a lot of human maintenance. Now that technology has become so crucial—personally, professionally, and governmentally—we’re going to need a lot more people to cover our bases.

Think of it this way, how many security professionals do you see or interact with in your everyday life—just walking around? Security guards, military personnel, police officers, private security…the list could go on. Suffice to say, even without technology in the mix we still need our fair share of in-person protection. Just walking around a mall (COVID permitting) you could come across hundreds of these people all within one building.

Consider how infinite the internet is, as opposed to just that one mall. (Note, the internet is technically finite but conceptually it is so enormous as to render it infinite in effect). How many security guards manning the storefronts do we need? Police officers maintaining the perimeter? Private security keeping a close eye on valuable targets? Now imagine how many of those security professionals would be needed to keep a mall as huge as the internet safe. With such a massive amount of data, activities, and people interacting online every single day, it’s startling to think that we don’t need even more cybersecurity professionals!

3.5 Million Job Openings Globally

In 2014, cybersecurity job demand was already at an all-time high with one million openings at the time of reporting. For context, that’s about the entire population of Montana. So even if every single Montanian in 2014 decided to become a cybersecurity expert, we’d only just have been able to fulfill that need. Now, seven years later, we need more than triple that amount. And that need is only going to keep growing.

What does that mean for the current companies trying to protect our data, privacy, and national security? It means longer hours, more responsibilities, and less time for innovation since every one worker is trying to push to do four times their responsibility level.

0% Unemployment

High demand and low unemployment go hand in hand, so it should come as no surprise that cybersecurity also has a 0% unemployment rate given all those job openings. Both in private business and in national defense, cybersecurity professionals are a hot commodity given the ongoing skills gap issue.

The skills gap and the 0% unemployment rating are intimately related in that the biggest barrier to entry of cybersecurity are the certifications—which we can train you for. But once a potential employee has the certifications, they’re suddenly eligible for those 3.5 million job openings! From there, the 0% unemployment rate means that getting hired is as close to a sure thing as you can get!

What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

Although these numbers may appear worrying—especially when considering the growing demand for cybersecurity—there’s hope! Businesses and governments alike are both on high alert to protect their assets and citizens, respectively. Although this demand does mean that those cybersecurity works may be under a bit of extra stress, reinforcements are coming.

It’s never been easier for anyone to become a cybersecurity professional! whether or not they have a background in IT or even a college degree of any sort! Part of what drives us at C6A is knowing that we’re preparing the next generation of workers who will be protecting people everywhere. We know that the demand for cybersecurity is high, and it’s only going to keep getting higher. That’s why we’re hard at work ensuring that the future cybersecurity heroes we need to get the training they need.