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(ISC)² Cybersecurity Research

Revealing New Opportunities for the Cybersecurity Workforce

The cybersecurity profession faces many challenges but even more opportunities. The (ISC)² research team is dedicated to better understanding the barriers facing the cybersecurity workforce, but we are also focused on uncovering solutions that position these talented individuals to excel in their profession, better defend their organizations’ data and surpass their career goals.

Our research explores a broad array of topics, including quantifying the cybersecurity workforce gap; better understanding the representation of women and minorities within the field; salary benchmarking; uncovering more effective hiring practices; investigating management and leadership issues facing CISOs and CIOs; and more.

Through better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing cybersecurity professionals, we are closer to achieving our vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.

2021  Cybersecurity Workforce Study

Global Approaches to Cyber Policy, Legislation and Regulation

(ISC)² and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) collaborated to examine global approaches to cyber legislation and regulation across six jurisdictions, shedding light on the challenges created by rapidly evolving policy landscapes.

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How the Cybersecurity Workforce Will Weather a Recession

To assess the impact of a potential economic downturn on cybersecurity teams, (ISC)² polled 1,000 C-suite executives across Germany, Japan, Singapore, the U.K. and U.S. 85% of respondents say they believe layoffs will be necessary as the economy slows, but cybersecurity teams will be the least affected in 2023.

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2021  Cybersecurity Workforce Study

(ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2022

We estimate the size of the global cybersecurity workforce at 4.7 million people, but we are facing a worldwide gap of 3.4 million cybersecurity workers. A record 11,779 cybersecurity professionals share their unique perspectives about hiring, corporate culture, job satisfaction, career pathways, professional development and the future of cybersecurity work.

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(ISC)² Cybersecurity Hiring Managers Guide

(ISC)² Cybersecurity Hiring Managers Guide

(ISC)² research finds hiring practices must evolve to overcome the cybersecurity skills gap. Learn how.

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