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Saturday 18 November 2017

Cyber security workers in short supply

Mariano Mamertino
Mariano Mamertino
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Ireland's cybersecurity skills gap has shrunk by almost 20pc in a year, according to new research.

The report, for jobs site Indeed.com, says that Irish businesses are still struggling to recruit enough cybersecurity professionals, with demand outstripping supply by two to one.

Indeed's researchers found the greatest skills gap was in network security, with a mismatch of almost 23pc.

The report claims that roles ranked highest in employer demand were cybersecurity engineers or architects and cybersecurity consultants,

These job positions have seen the highest number of postings between January and April 2017. Network security and risk continue to be popular also.

According to the jobs site, the mismatch during the first three months of 2017 was 44pc, compared to 37pc during the same period in 2016.

Between the first quarter of 2016 and the same period this year, the share of cybersecurity job postings rose by 35pc.

But the share of candidate clicks rocketed by 60pc, according to the company.

"From May's global ransomware attack to data breaches at major corporations and even the US presidential election campaign, cybercrime has frequently hogged the headlines," said Mariano Mamertino, economist at the global job site.

"As a result, cybersecurity has been thrust centre stage and an increasing number of people are considering it as a career. The jump in interest from candidates is offering some relief to the thousands of Irish businesses struggling to find people with the skills and experience they need to keep cybercriminals at bay. But while the skills gap has narrowed, demand from recruiters is still almost double the supply of candidates, forcing many at risk companies to offer increasingly attractive packages to woo the talent they need to protect one of their most precious assets, data."

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