Cybersecurity report

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The US cybersecurity market

Across the country, we are currently experiencing strong demand for technology and digital skills, coupled with a shortage of suitably skilled candidates. With continued investment in technology-related projects and transformation programs, we are likely to continue seeing an increase in the need for digital roles.

Business environments are constantly changing thanks to globalization and technological advancements – but with this interconnectedness comes the risk of digital threats. Which is where cybersecurity comes in.

The US cybersecurity market has never seen more growth, as organizations are having to adapt to a post COVID-19 world, where remote working will be more widespread than ever. Across the country, an estimated 81,700 people are currently employed in cybersecurity roles, a 5% increase from last year. And these people continue to be in very high demand: there are currently over 5,600 open positions being advertised on LinkedIn, with demand especially high in New York City, San Francisco, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

According to Forbes, enterprises are predicted to spend $12.6B on cloud security tools by 2023. This makes now a very exciting time for businesses in the United States, who have the opportunity to take advantage of this growth to become world leaders in this field. 

3 high-growth areas

Information Security
Organizations country-wide are putting a lot of time and attention into securing their data.
Cybersecurity Awareness
It is paramount to build a human firewall and educate everyone in an organization about the importance of security.
Cybersecurity affects employees, managers, and customers alike. We’re now seeing companies ramp up their governance, risk and compliance initiatives to instill best practice.
Where is demand highest?

There is currently a massive shortage of cybersecurity professionals across the globe, reaching nearly 3 million –
and the United States follow this global trend. 

Unsurprisingly, demand for cybersecurity professionals is especially high (and still growing) in the financial sector, which has seen a 6% increase in the number of cybersecurity jobs since last year and currently has over 2,000 open roles yet to be filled. This is also true of the IT and computer software industries, where digital security is of the utmost importance – both saw a 7% increase in cybersecurity jobs since last year. 

The top organizations employing cybersecurity talent include industry giants such as IBM, Deloitte, and Accenture, alongside high-profile financial and defense institutions such as Wells Fargo, Northrop Grumman, the United States Air Force, and more: 

Across the country, cybersecurity hubs are cropping up, and certain areas are seeing unprecedented levels of demand – New York City, San Francisco and Dallas, but also Atlanta, Boston and Chicago are all experiencing a surge in the need for cybersecurity professionals.

Top 10 cybersecurity roles in the US

Fastest growing cybersecurity skills

*The information in this report has been retrieved from sources with gender binary data. We acknowledge those who do not fit within this rigid framework and understand there are many more gender identities beyond the binary.

Salary Guide

In such a thriving market, it makes sense to see both permanent salaries and contract rates go up and up. Talent’s 2020 salary guide gives some guidance as to how much cybersecurity professionals in the USA should be compensated.

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Contract rates per hour

Cyber security is essential to all areas of business in the digital world. Talent helps our partners mitigate risk by supplying the best, most efficient staffing solutions as a true specialist in this critical field. Information Security is the bedrock of our new world – we are committed to its foundation: its people.

Colin Etheridge, USA Chief Executive Officer

Cybersecurity groups and associations

The SANS Institute

SANS is the largest source for cybersecurity training and certification in the world. It develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost the largest collection of research documents about information security.

Center for Internet Security

A non-profit organization focused on enhancing the cybersecurity readiness and response of public and private sector entities, providing resources to help achieve security goals through expert guidance.

ISSA – Information Systems Security Association

ISSA is the community of choice for international cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk and protecting critical information and infrastructure.

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