Businesses are scrambling to hire IT professionals with knowledge and experience in cyber-security. A shortage of skilled cyber-security practitioners is leaving organizations across all industries vulnerable to attack.
The risk is severe. Research firm Vanson Bourne was commissioned by Intel Security to survey IT decision-makers in the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Israel. Most of the survey's 775 respondents report a shortage of cyber-security talent; one in three said this makes them key targets for hackers.
Highly technical skills such as secure software development, intrusion detection, and attack mitigation, are among the most valued. Demand for comparatively "soft" skills like collaboration and communication is weaker in the IT security sector than it is in IT overall.