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Cybersecurity Talent Crisis Continues, Technical Skills In High Demand

In 2015, 209,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in the United States alone. Despite 1 in 4 respondents to a new Intel Security survey confirming their organizations have lost proprietary data as a result of their cybersecurity skills gap, there are no signs of this workforce shortage abating in the near-term. An average of 15 percent of cybersecurity positions in companies will go unfilled by 2020. The demand for cybersecurity professionals is outpacing the supply of qualified workers, with highly technical skills the most in need across all countries surveyed. In fact, skills such as intrusion detection, secure software development and attack mitigation were found to be far more valued than softer skills including collaboration, leadership and effective communication.