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Security skills shortage hits service providers, enterprises

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As security emerged as front-burner issue this year, many IT shops have confronted a looming shortage of skilled security personnel.

According to ESG Research, more than half of enterprise organizations "plan to hire additional security professionals in 2012" but that's easier said than done. In fact, more than 80 percent of enterprises claim that it is 'extremely difficult' or 'somewhat difficult' to recruit and/or hire security professionals in the current market."

ESG says, "When you can't hire full-time employees in an area as critical as information security, you may be forced to seek out help from professional and managed security service providers as an option. This common situation is driving growth in security services over the past two years.  In fact, 58 percent of security professionals say their organization's use of managed and/or professional services for information security has 'increased substantially' or 'increased somewhat' over the past 2 years."

One issue is that the skills shortage is starting to affect the services security industry. There just aren't enough skilled employees to go around. One implication is that the cost to acquire skilled personnel will continue to soar. This may be a really good time to be a security professional.

As of now, "information security professionals enjoy a near full-employment market, in which job stability, high salaries and upward mobility are the norm," according to the (ISC)2 2012 Career Impact Survey.

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