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By 2021, it’s expected there will be 3.5 million unfilled positions in the cybersecurity sector, according to research from Sausalito, Calif.-based Cybersecurity Ventures. Complicated by automation, these numbers could compound a problem of a potential skills gap of epic proportions that could plague industries and businesses around the world.

Seattle-based DomainTools, which provides a proprietary threat intelligence and investigation platform, announced the results of its annual “Staffing the IT Security Function in the Age of Automation” report — in conjunction with the North, Traverse City, Mich.-based research center Ponemon Institute. The study analyzed the effect of automation on current IT security practices and staffing in the U.S., UK and Asia Pacific, and found automation adoption rising but these technological developments further confounding the industry’s hiring needs.

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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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