Secureworks can't hire cybersecurity pros fast enough.
The Atlanta-based firm that helps 4,400 companies worldwide fend off cyberattacks has about 140 openings at more than a dozen locations globally. Yet filling those positions has become a grueling—and often impossible—task. The company goes through 12 to 32 interviews just to fill a single analyst position, and the time it takes to find the right candidate continues to lengthen, says Terry McGraw, vice president of global cyberthreat analysis for Secureworks.
Secureworks isn’t alone. Companies across the globe are struggling to find qualified cybersecurity professionals to help fend off attacks, secure their software and connected devices, protect their data, and lock down intellectual property. According to the latest data available from the job-market information firm Burning Glass Technologies, there were about 286,000 U.S. job postings for cybersecurity workers from September 2016 to September 2017. And companies are competing fiercely to fill those positions in a market where talent with the most sought-after skills can earn as much as $380,000 a year.
“We have clients that have turned over their entire security staff four times in three years,” McGraw says. “Some of that is the [corporate] environment, but a lot of it is the nature of the beast. There is a lot of external market pressure of companies paying a lot of dollars for workers with a demonstrable skill set in cybersecurity.”