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Cybersecurity Jobs Report: 3.5 Million Unfilled Positions In 2025

While tech firms are firing, our industry is hiring Download Report

– Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Apr. 14, 2023

Global cybersecurity job vacancies grew by 350 percent, from one million openings in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. The number of unfilled jobs leveled off in 2022, and remains at 3.5 million in 2023, with more than 750,000 of those positions in the U.S. Industry efforts to source new talent and tackle burnout continues, but we predict that the disparity between demand and supply will remain through at least 2025. Press Release

Technology firms have shed more than 300,000 jobs in the past two years with more on the way, according to a recent FOX Business story. Redundancy tracker, which has been tracking layoffs since the pandemic, reports 470 tech employers have reduced their workforces.

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“While Amazon, Meta, Twitter, Microsoft, Google, and the other tech giants are going through layoffs, our industry has hung out an enormous Help Wanted sign,” Steve Morgan, founder of Cybersecurity Ventures, told FOX Business. “We expect brisk hiring in the cybersecurity space for the rest of this year, and through 2025.”

Despite the disarray of the tech industry, cybersecurity remains a near-zero unemployment marketplace for those with extensive backgrounds, and the shortage means that IT teams must also shoulder a security burden. Staff must train in modern threat awareness, including phishing, social engineering, Business Email Compromise (BEC), and financial fraud. They must also know how to protect and defend apps, data, devices, infrastructure, and people.

Every IT position is also a cybersecurity position now. Every IT worker, every technology worker, is (or should be) involved at some level with protecting and defending apps, data, devices, infrastructure, and people.

The IT industry was growing before the pandemic. A silver lining of mass redundancies is a talent pool of recently unemployed workers with desired, transferable skills that would make them exceptional in cybersecurity roles. Download the Report.

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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