Middle East needs 45,000 more cyber security professionals by 2020

The Middle East may need 45,000 more cyber security professionals by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study.

The cyber security skills gap

The cyber security skills shortage is a global problem, with Frost & Sullivan forecasting a 1.8 million worker shortage across the world by 2022.

According to business intelligence website MEED, “The gap is expected to widen despite cyber security being among the top three best paying jobs within the computer science discipline along with artificial intelligence and big data.”

The study also found that 67% of organisations believe there are not enough workers in their departments.

There are many reasons for the shortage, including qualified personnel being difficult to find and the absence of a clear information security career path.

Hiring is on the increase

The study did indicate some good news for information security specialists in the Middle East, with 27% of hiring managers expecting the size of their departments to grow by 15% or more.

Globally, the most sought-after positions are:

  • Operations and security management;
  • Incident and threat management; and
  • Forensics.

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ISO 27001 qualifications, such as ISO27001 Foundation (CIS F) and ISO27001 Lead Implementer (CIS LI), have a great influence in the Middle East and also provide the knowledge and skills that will help you progress to senior roles within your organisation.

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