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IS THERE A CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONALS SHORTAGE?

There is no shortage of headlines stating the cybersecurity professionals shortage as a fact. For example, this one from Information Week. I have taught security at the graduate level, and can report that all my students found good jobs. But I get a little skeptical after reading all of these headlines from other industries:

"The worker shortage facing America's farmers"

"Truck Driver Shortage:  Is it Self-Inflicted?"

"New Research Confirms Looming Physician Shortage"

"The Coming Lawyer Shortage"

It seems like every industry is out promoting shortages.  I don't think there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals, but there is likely a shortage trained in the right skills.  The field is changing so fast, that it is almost impossible to keep up. So we need to focus on making sure that our training programs meet tomorrow's needs around DevOps, cloud security, software and systems security, risk management and security governance.  Those seeking to advance in the field need to take a hard look at the changing opportunities.