The supply vs. demand of qualified cybersecurity professionals already represents a gap, one that is expected to worsen. Consider:
- In 2017, the number of U.S. cybersecurity job openings was up from 209,000 in 2015. At that time, job postings were already up 74 percent over the previous five years, according to a Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- As of October 2019, there are 715,715 employed cybersecurity workers in the US and 313,735 open positions, according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, itself a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – U.S. Department of Commerce.