Eighty-two percent of respondents admit to a cybersecurity skills shortage, with 71% citing this deficiency for organizational damage, including data breaches, according to an Intel/Center for Strategic and International Studies report.

The global study, Hacking the Skills Shortage, revealed the cybersecurity talent crisis exists in Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K.

In 2015, 209,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in the United States alone, according to the report. In spite of 25% of respondents confirming their organizations lost proprietary data because of their cybersecurity skills gap, there are no signs of this workforce shortage lessening near-term. Respondents estimated an average of 15% of cybersecurity positions in their company would go unfilled by 2020.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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