Report: In US, cybersecurity job seeker interest meets 66.7% of employer demand

A recent report from analyzed which countries have the most demand for cybersecurity professionals and which countries experience more or less severity of skills shortage.

The report is based on data from ten countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. The data was taken between the third quarter of 2014 and Q3 of 2016.

Here are four things to know from the report.

1. The highest demand for cybersecurity professionals is in Israel. The demand for cybersecurity workers in Israel is 187.4 percent higher than it is in the U.S. In terms of demand, Ireland placed second, the U.K. placed third and the U.S. placed fourth.

2. Cybersecurity job seeker interest meets 66.7 percent of employer demand in the U.S. The skills gap is smallest in Canada, where employee interest meets 68.1 percent of employer demand. The skills gap is the highest in Israel, where only 28.4 percent of interest meets employer demand.

3. In the U.S., the cybersecurity skills gap has shrunk seven percentage points between Q3 of 2014 and Q3 of 2016. In Q3 of 2014, job seeker interest met 60 percent of employer demand. In Q3 of 2016, interest met 67 percent of employer demand. In the U.K., Brazil and Canada, the skills gap increased between Q3 of 2014 and Q3 of 2016.

4. In the U.S., job seeker demand for ethical hackers and chief information security officers exceeds employer demand. Job seeker demand for ethical hackers in the U.K. and security administrators in Ireland also exceed employer demand.

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