Cybersecurity Jobs and Industry Statistics

Cybersecurity Industry, Hiring and Data Breach Statistics

  • Cybersecurity professionals can make up to $15,000 more on average than a typical IT job, with an average salary of $116,000. [8]
  • A Cybrary Survey revealed that 80% of business professionals indicated that they have trouble recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals. The no. 1 reason being a lack of skilled cybersecurity talent (40%), lack of resources to properly find/attract talent (18%) and the location of talent (14%). [7]

  • Cybersecurity openings tend to stay open 8% longer than other IT jobs postings. [4]

  • Computer and information technology hiring is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024. [1]

  • The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 estimates a deficient of over 300,000 trained cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. [2]

  • 90% of U.S. business and IT professionals believe there is a shortage of IT skilled workers. [3]

  • 84% of cybersecurity postings require at least a bachelor’s degree, and 83% require at least three years of previous experience. While 35% of cybersecurity jobs also require a cybersecurity certification. [4]

  • Research firm Frost and Sullivan found that in 2013, women made up 11% of the global cybersecurity workforce with only 9% in leadership roles. [5]

  • Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance’s (NCSA) annual cybersecurity study found that 52% of women “felt [that] no cybersecurity programs or activities were available to them.” [6]

  • According to Cahn Tran, the CEO of Rippleshot a cyber defense and prevention company, “It takes about eight months to discover a data breach.” [9]

  • 781 data breaches were detected in 2015, with 40% (312 total) in the business sector and with 35.2% in healthcare (277 total). [10]

  • In 2015, a record 79% of 500+ business executives detected a security incident within the past 12 months. [11]

  • After analyzing the cost of data breaches from 58 major organizations the Ponemon Institute found that the average cost of a data breach was $15 million per year. From 2014 to 2015 the cost of a breach increased by $2.7 and the net increase over the past six years has increased to 82%. [12]


[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
[2] Tech Target “Bridging the IT security skills gap
[3] 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report – US Data
[4] Job Market Intelligence Cybersecurity Jobs 2015
[5] Women in Security: Wisely Positioned for the Future of InfoSec
[6] Securing Our Future: Closing the Cyber Talent Gap
[7] CSO Online “Survey says! These are the hottest security certifications, most in-demand skills”
[8] U.S. News & World Report “Online Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree”
[9] ABC7Chicago
[10] IDTheftCenter (ITRC Data Breach Reports 2015)
[11] PwC’s 2015 State of US Cybercrime Survey
[12] Ponemon Institute