Code Red: It’s Time to Sound the Alarm on the Security Talent Shortage


If you thought the talent shortage was bad enough in the IT industry as a whole, think again. Security experts say they are facing an even bigger talent drought, one they don’t see going away anytime soon.

The IT industry is grappling with a growing gap in talent, with one estimate by predicting that by 2020 there will be only 400,000 computer science students to fill more than 1.4 million open computing jobs. Solution providers said the result has been a battle on the ground for qualified employees, a fight they expect will only get worse over time.

However, that talent gap is nothing compared to the chasm that exists in the security industry, solution providers and vendors agreed. The talent gap in security is the “No. 1 item” that comes up in conversations with partners about their business, said Todd DeBell, vice president of channel sales and distribution at security vendor FireMon, Overland Park, Kan.