SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 1, 2022–

Trellix, the cybersecurity company that delivers the future of extended detection and response (XDR), has conducted new research into the talent shortage plaguing the cybersecurity industry. Among the key findings, 85% of respondents believe that labor shortages are impacting their organizations’ ability to secure increasingly complex information systems and networks. Of the current workforce, 30% plan to change jobs in the future.

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“Our industry is already 2.72 million people short 1. Cultivating and nurturing a cybersecurity workforce for our future requires expanding what we see as talent and changing our practices across the public and private sectors “said Bryan Palma, CEO of Trellix. “Filling the cybersecurity talent gap is not only a business imperative, but also important to national security and our daily lives. We need to remove barriers to entry, actively work to inspire people to do moving work, and ensure those in the field are retained.

The findings are based on a Vanson Bourne survey, commissioned by Trellix, of 1,000 cybersecurity professionals in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UK and the United States. United in various sectors.

More education is needed. As threats from state actors and cybercriminals grow in volume and sophistication, so does the global shortage of cybersecurity professionals. While some countries like Russia and China invest deeply in developing cybersecurity talent through publicly funded education, many countries lack dedicated programs. Trellix sought to understand education levels and found that more than half (56%) believed that degrees were not necessary for a successful career in cybersecurity. The investigation also revealed:

  • Supporting skills development (85%) and obtaining certifications (80%) were selected as highly or extremely important factors in increasing the industry’s workforce.
  • Employers could do more to encourage community mentorship programs with a presence in K-12 schools (94%).
  • The areas most likely to attract people to cybersecurity included efforts to promote the soul of cybersecurity careers (43%), encouraging STEM students to consider careers in cybersecurity (41%), and a increased financial support for students in cybersecurity career paths (39%).

Diversity generates better results. Of cybersecurity professionals surveyed, 78% are male, 64% white, and 89% heterosexual, and a large majority of respondents (91%) believe greater efforts are needed to grow the cybersecurity talent pool of various groups. When it comes to encouraging more people to consider a career in cybersecurity, respondents indicated that inclusiveness and equality for women (79%), diversity in the workforce of cybersecurity (77%) and pay gaps between different demographics (72%) were highly or extremely important factors facing the industry. Additional findings include:

  • Most respondents (92%) believe that greater mentorship, internships and apprenticeships would support the participation of workers from diverse backgrounds in cybersecurity roles.
  • 85% believe that individuals are discouraged from entering the profession simply because they lack perspective on the various potential roles in the field and opportunities for upward mobility.
  • 94% of respondents believe their employers could do more to consider employees from non-traditional backgrounds in cybersecurity and 45% say they have worked in other careers.

Cybersecurity is spiritual work. The survey found that the vast majority (94%) think the role of people working in cybersecurity is more important than ever and a similar number (92%) say cybersecurity is meaningful and exciting work that motivates them. However, cybersecurity professionals crave recognition, with 36% noting that they feel a lack of recognition for good done to society. Of those looking to leave the field, 12% say it’s because they feel unappreciated. The investigation revealed:

  • More than half (52%) say they work in cybersecurity because it’s progressive, evolving, and they enjoy exploring exciting new trends.
  • 41% say cybersecurity is increasingly relevant and roles will always be accessible as a reason to stay in the profession.
  • About one in five (19%) say they enjoy doing something to help society for the greater good.

On Tuesday, June 7, Trellix CEO Bryan Palma will deliver a keynote address, “Soulless to Soulful: Security’s Chance to Save Tech,” at the RSA ® conference in San Francsico, California. Palma will address the growing lack of cybersecurity talent while providing recommendations for building a larger and stronger cybersecurity workforce. RSA ® conference attendees can attend the address at 10:50 a.m. PDT at the Moscone Convention Center West Hall, others can view virtually or on-demand.

Additional Resources

  1. (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2021

About Trellix

Trellix is ​​a global company redefining the future of cybersecurity. The company’s open, native Extended Detection and Response (XDR) platform helps organizations facing today’s most advanced threats gain confidence in the protection and resilience of their operations. Trellix’s security experts, along with a broad ecosystem of partners, accelerate technology innovation through machine learning and automation to empower more than 40,000 commercial and government customers. More at

About Vanson Bourne

Vanson Bourne is an independent market research specialist for the technology sector. Their reputation for strong and credible research-based analysis is based on rigorous research principles and their ability to solicit input from top-level decision-makers across all technical and business functions, across industries and across all major markets.

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PUBLISHED: 06/01/2022 00:01 AM/DISC: 06/01/2022 00:02 AM

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