30% of Cybersecurity Pros Look to Change Careers
June 3, 2022
research looked into the talent shortage afflicting the cybersecurity
industry. Among the key findings, 85% of those surveyed believe the
workforce shortage is impacting their organizations’ abilities to secure
increasingly complex information systems and networks. Of the current
workforce, 30% plan to change professions in the future.
The survey also found:
Employers could be doing more to encourage community mentoring programs with a presence in K-12 schools (94%).
Areas most likely to attract people to cybersecurity included efforts to promote the soulfulness of cybersecurity careers (43%), encouragement of STEM students considering cybersecurity careers (41%), and more financial support for students in cybersecurity career paths (39%).
Diversity Drives Better Outcomes. Of the cybersecurity professionals surveyed, 78% are male, 64% white and 89% straight, and a large majority of respondents (91%) believe there needs to be wider efforts to grow the cybersecurity talent pool from diverse groups. When it comes to encouraging more people to consider a career in cybersecurity, respondents reported inclusivity and equality for women (79%), diversity of the cybersecurity workforce (77%) and pay gaps between different demographic groups (72%) as highly or extremely important factors for the industry to address.
Additional findings include:
85% believe individuals are discouraged from entering the profession simply because they lack perspective into the field’s various potential roles and opportunities for upward mobility.
94% of those surveyed believe their employers could be doing more to consider employees from non-traditional cybersecurity backgrounds and 45% report having previously worked in other careers.
Cybersecurity is Soulful Work. The survey found the vast majority (94%) believe the role of those working in cybersecurity is greater now than ever before and a similar amount (92%) report cybersecurity as purposeful, soulful work that motivates them. However, cybersecurity professionals are hungry for recognition, with 36% noting they feel a lack of acknowledgement for the good done for society. Of those looking to leave the field, 12% say it is due to lack of feeling appreciated.
41% report cybersecurity is continuously growing in relevancy and roles will always be accessible as a reason for staying in the profession.
Around one in five (19%) note they value doing something to help society for the greater good.