Securing the future of cybersecurity: From classroom to every career stage

In the current cyber landscape, a significant 4-million-person skills gap is crippling the industry. Success in today’s cybersecurity threat landscape involves preparing the next generation of professionals and continuously investing in upskilling the existing ones. Conventional methods are falling short against increasingly complex cyber threats.

To address this, we spoke with 3,000 cybersecurity and IT experts globally to uncover challenges in upskilling programs, recruitment barriers, and the need for university education to adapt to equip students with evolving cyber skills.

Our research aims to assist leaders in education, enterprises, cybersecurity practitioners, and students in adjusting strategies, bridging the skills gap, and creating a more secure future for cybersecurity professionals.

Securing the future of cybersecurity

Snapshot of key results

  • 95% believe their organization understands the importance of cybersecurity and the skills required to mitigate risks effectively.

  • 64% feel that current recruitment processes fail to evaluate practical skills in addressing evolving cyber threats effectively.

  • 78% say that traditional university cybersecurity education is not adequately preparing graduates for countering evolving cybercriminal tactics.

  • 90% say cybersecurity and computer science graduates need to be prepared with hands-on experience before their first role in cybersecurity to be successful.

What you'll discover

  • Strategies to modernize and enhance upskilling processes.

  • Insights on adapting recruitment approaches to attract top talent.

  • Innovations needed in university education to cultivate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.