2020 RESEARCH SURVEY REPORT

Cybersecurity Skills Gap Threatens Job Effectiveness Amidst Global Talent Shortage

In June 2020, Cybrary conducted a survey to assess the current challenges and perceptions of the oft-mentioned cybersecurity skills gap problem faced by IT and security teams worldwide. More than 800 individuals of varying experience, ranging from system admins to CISOs responded. Key takeaways from the survey are reported here.

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Key Takeway #1

Growing skill gaps among IT and security professionals are negatively impacting security team effectiveness. As organizations worldwide face a lack of qualified candidates for key positions, improving the job skills of existing staff becomes critical to preventing breaches and protecting IT infrastructure.

Key Takeway #2

IT and security professionals are avidly working to improve their skills on their own personal time, even while reporting cost and lack of time as significant barriers. Respondents overwhelmingly preferred online learning for job-related skills (62%) including online courses, virtual labs, and web-based media to help them gain new skills for improving current job performance and advancing their careers.

Key Takeway #3

Many organizations are not sufficiently investing in nor actively supporting skills development for their teams. Many respondents feel their organizations do not understand what skills are required of their team members, and a surprising portion of organizations do not track skill development for their IT and security teams at all.

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New survey report shows

72%

admit to skill gaps

65%

of IT Managers say skill gaps hurt effectiveness

36%

say threats from employees and third parties’ drives need for least privilege

23%

feel their organization does not enable skill development