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2020 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study Cybersecurity Workforce Study

2020 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study


The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study is conducted annually to assess the size of the current cybersecurity workforce as well as the existing talent shortage. 3,790 respondents, all of whom dedicate at least 25% of their time to cybersecurity tasks, across 14 geographies were surveyed to accurately assess the size of the workforce and the challenges and opportunities they face.


Key findings: 

  • The cybersecurity profession experienced substantial growth, increasing to 3.5 million individuals currently working in the field, an addition of 700,000 professionals or 25% more than last year’s workforce estimate.
  • The global workforce shortage decreased and is now down to 3.12 million from the 4.07 million shortage reported last year.
  • The study also focused on the impact of COVID-19 on security teams and professionals. The data shows that 30% of cybersecurity professionals faced a deadline of one day or less to transition their organizations’ staff to remote work and to secure their newly transformed IT environments. 92% of respondents indicated that their organization was “somewhat” or “very” prepared to respond, and just 18% saw security incidents increase during this time.

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