Lack of tech security professionals a growing challenge for the IT channel

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
November 15, 2013

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If there is one area of business that needs to be a concern for businesses in all sectors, it’s cyber security. As more organizations have critical aspects of operations run in the digital realm, keeping that information secure is crucial.

While the demand for quality talent is certain there, the supply in the IT channel is dropping. At least that is what a new study found.

According to a recent survey of 1,000 adults ages 18 to 26 in the U.S., only 24 percent of respondents expressed a desire to pursue a cyber security career. In contrast, 40 percent of the respondents were interested in the entertainment business and 32 percent are looking at app design and development. The study also found a gender gap in which young men are more likely to lean toward cyber security than young women.

“From a company perspective, I think we saw the lack of high school encouragement to engage in the cyber field as especially surprising, given the dramatic need for skilled security practitioners,” Jordan Wiens, a cyber-engineering lead at Raytheon Intelligence, told the news source.

He went on to say not having enough young adults interested in cyber security could lead to an increase in cyber attacks. This has caused existing professionals to feel overwhelmed in their current situations.

To answer IT security challenges, many organizations are turning toward VARs and MSPs. Those solution providers that have partnered with VAR Staffing can identify and recruit the impactful talent that is needed to keep organizations safe.

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