As security threats continue to mount against organizations of all sizes around the world, demand for skilled cyber-security IT professionals has grown to the point that it far outstrips the available talent supply.

To gauge the size and impact of the cyber-security skills shortage, Intel Security worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on a global report titled “Hacking the Skills Shortage.” The study surveyed IT decision makers in Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States to identify IT security skills gaps and their perceived impact.

Globally, 82 percent of respondents reported that their organizations currently have an IT security skills shortage.

That skills shortage is expected to persist until at least 2020, with 15 percent of IT security jobs still going unfilled at that point.

Among the effects of the IT security skills shortage are higher wages for IT security professionals. Lack of security skills is also potentially painting a target on organizations as being vulnerable to attack.
In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the Hacking the Skills Shortage report.

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