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Close the cybersecurity talent gap with interactive tools and data

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To help close the cybersecurity skills gap, CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market.

About this tool

Cybersecurity workers
Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.

Cybersecurity workers

From April 2020 through March 2021, there were 144,700 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 131,000 workers currently employed in those positions – an annual talent shortfall of 13,700 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job.

Cybersecurity workers

There are 319,720 additional openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess them. On average, cybersecurity roles take 21% longer to fill than other IT jobs.

Who is this tool for?

CyberSeek can support local employers, educators, guidance and career counselors, students, current workers, policy makers, and other stakeholders as they answer the following questions:

employers Employers

  • How large is the cybersecurity workforce in my region? How does that compare to other locations?
  • How much does it cost to hire cybersecurity workers in my region?
  • How hard will it be to fill cybersecurity positions in my region? Do I need to source cybersecurity workers from other regions?

educators Educators & Career Counselors

  • Should I offer a cybersecurity training program for my students?
  • What skills should we teach students to prepare them for careers in cybersecurity? What courses should they take?
  • What education levels do employers require for cybersecurity workers in my community?
  • What entry-level jobs can students target to begin their careers in cybersecurity?
  • What cybersecurity certifications are most in demand in my community? Are there enough certification holders to meet demand? Should I prepare students for these certifications?

Students Students

  • Is there strong demand for cybersecurity jobs in my region?
  • What skills and educational credentials do I need to enter a career in cybersecurity?
  • How much can I make if I work in cybersecurity?

Job Seekers & Current Workers Job Seekers & Current Workers

  • How in-demand are cybersecurity jobs in my community?
  • What roles can I target to start my career in cybersecurity?
  • How can I transition between cybersecurity roles and advance my career?

Policy Makers Policy Makers

  • How large is the cybersecurity workforce in my community? How does that compare to other locations?
  • How severe is the workforce shortage in my community?
  • What types of cybersecurity jobs are most demanded in my community?

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Project partners

Burning Glass Technologies delivers job market analytics that empower employers, workers, and educators to make data-driven decisions.

Burning Glass is reshaping how the job market works, with data that identify the skill gaps that keep job seekers and employers apart and tools that enable both sides to bridge that gap and connect more easily. The company’s artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns.

This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers. Based in Boston, Burning Glass is playing a growing role in informing the global conversation on education and the workforce, and in creating a job market that works for everyone.

For more information, visit burning-glass.com

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the global information technology ecosystem and the tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy.

CompTIA is the world’s leading vendor-neutral IT certifying body with nearly 2.7 million certifications earned through rigorous, performance-based exams. CompTIA sets the standard for preparing entry-level candidates through expert-level professionals to succeed at all stages of their career in technology. Through CompTIA’s philanthropic arm, CompTIA develops innovative on-ramps and career pathways to expand opportunities to populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the information technology workforce.

For more information, visit comptia.org

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure.

For more information, visit nist.gov/nice