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Cyber Security Skills Report 2021

Cyber Security Skills Report 2021

Cyber Ireland, Ireland’s Cyber Security Cluster, conducted a Skills Survey in 2020 among its members. This was a starting point to better understand the Cyber Security skills landscape in Ireland. This research provides insight into the types of cyber security roles, the challenges that organisations face in recruiting, training, development and gender diversity. Similar to other reports  that have highlighted a shortage of Cyber Security professionals internationally, this survey also identified skills shortages and challenges that impact organisations of all sizes (micro, small, medium and large), across a range of sectors in Ireland.



Among the key findings:

  • 41% of organisations security teams are understaffed and a further 5% are significantly understaffed.
  • 48% of the companies have open or unfilled cyber security roles.
  • 77% of the open (unfilled) cyber security roles are technical cyber security positions, 
  • 34% of respondents cite a lack of technical skills as the primary reason for open roles not being filled 
  • 27% of organisations have all male cyber security teams and 42% have significantly more men than women.

The CyberSecurity Skills Report 2021 recognises that sufficient and adequate cyber security skills are key to protecting critical national infrastructure, government, businesses and citizens, and makes recommendations that need to be jointly addressed by industry, academia and Government.

The full report and key findings can be downloaded from the Cyber Security Ireland website here >>