If you find yourself searching for IT security professionals and wondering where they are, you’re not alone. A recent study by (ISC)2—the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium—found  that 56 percent of organizations surveyed said that they are short-staffed when it comes to security. This shortage in the IT security workforce poses a serious risk for businesses as they are left vulnerable to attacks.
 
Experts say that threats are increasing with new technologies, and businesses simply do not have the workforce to ward off breaches. BYOD technology was identified as a significant weak spot, and sophisticated targeted attacks were also noted as particularly threatening without enough resources in place to ensure a quick recovery. The study also pointed out that having security technology in place is not a sufficient replacement for human assessment, prioritizing and decision-making. Organizations need skilled professionals to run their security tools and alert systems efficiently.

The good news is that this shortage is not expected to last forever, but it will take some time to build up the workforce. The study projects that the number of security professionals will increase by 11 percent per year during the next five years. Organizations looking to tighten up IT security could find some relief if the number of qualified professionals catches up with the demand.
 
Is your organization suffering from an IT security shortage? To read more, check out the article at darkreading.com.