Only 9% Of Millennials Are Interested In A Cybersecurity Career

It has been reported that with the cybersecurity talent shortage projected to hit 1.8 million unfilled roles by 2020, the industry must start attracting younger workers to fill jobs and protect businesses. However, the field faces a problem: Only 9% of millennials said they are interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career at some point in their lives, according to a Tuesday report from ProtectWise and Enterprise Strategy Group. The lack of interest in cybersecurity does not stem from a lack of interest in tech, the report found: Of the 524 millennials and post-millennials surveyed, 48% had been part of a STEM program during their K-12 education. IT security experts commented below.

James Hadley, CEO & Founder at Immersive Labs: 

“It has been reported that With the cybersecurity talent shortage projected to hit 1.8 million unfilled roles by 2020, the industry must start attracting younger workers to fill jobs and protect businesses. However, the field faces a problem: Only 9% of millennials said they are interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career at some point in their lives, according to a Tuesday report from ProtectWise and Enterprise Strategy Group. The lack of interest in cybersecurity does not stem from a lack of interest in tech, the report found: Of the 524 millennials and post-millennials surveyed, 48% had been part of a STEM program during their K-12 education.”

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Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at DomainTools:

“This is a deeply troubling statistic. Cybersecurity, as well as being a growing and a high paying field when compared to other tech jobs, is an industry that is increasingly necessary for the safety and economic security of nations, companies and individuals alike. As the recent DomainTools survey conducted with Ponemon found, while some of the low-skill tasks within the cybersecurity space may be carried out using emerging automated techniques, talented, passionate and diligent cybersecurity staff are still absolutely paramount in order to carry out additional work on the more advanced threats, which pose the greatest threat.”

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