4 things to know about generational differences in the information security workforce

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By 2022, the information security sector will be short 1.8 million workers, according to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study.

For the study, Frost and Sullivan surveyed 1,339 millennials, 9,369 Gen Xers and 8,933 baby boomers to describe the changing information security sector workforce.

Here are four things to know about the millennials in the information security workforce.

1. The millennial information security workforce is more diverse than the Gen X workforce (69 percent of whom identify as Caucasian) and baby boomers (78 percent of whom identify as Caucasian), with only 65 percent identifying as Caucasian.

Millennials (66 percent) are also more likely to speak more than one language compared to Gen Xers (59 percent) and baby boomers (37 percent).

2. Millennials (65 percent) value organizational training programs as very important, compared to Gen Xers (60 percent) and baby boomers (58 percent).

3. Forty-six percent of millennials said mentorship programs are very important, whereas only 38 percent of Gen Xers and 31 percent of baby boomers valued these programs the same amount.

4. Millennials are most optimistic about their organization's information security performance. The majority of millennials (58 percent) said their organization would perform better than one year ago should it need to recover from a security breach, compared to 51 percent of Gen Xers and 48 percent of baby boomers.

Click here to read the full report.

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