The Hottest Cybersecurity Skills of 2019

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Cybersecurity Ventures estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, and the United States is moving on pace to hit half-a-million or more unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021. [1]

We are just a couple of months into 2019, and looking at the above statistics, we can expect to have many openings in the cybersecurity industry throughout the year. Cyber or IT professionals with the right skillset will be able to glorify their career track. In fact, the State of IT Security survey has recently observed that 54% of the companies are planning to improve their spending on IT security human resources and 57% are planning to hire security staff in the next 12 months. [2]

Inevitably, cybersecurity skills are expected to be in demand based on last year’s IT security performance. Here, in this article, we are listing out the most in-demand cybersecurity skills of 2019. These skills are based on various research reports and predictions by various cybersecurity market leaders and as summarized by eSecurity Planet in the very first week of January 2019. [2]

GDPR Expertise

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is constantly gaining significance due to the skills shortage in the cybersecurity job market. The demand for GDPR consultants will be in demand as 30% of businesses are expected to spend on GDPR-related services. [3] Skilled professionals in private security areas, such as Identity Governance and Administration (IGA), Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) can expect to have increased demand for their expert knowledge. GDPR stringent regulations focus on perimeter protection, and in particular, to data security, which makes data protection skills significant.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation by European Union (EU) that binds companies to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for the transactions that occur within EU member states. [4]

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is about using machines to amplify human power. AI is also applied to automate security or to automate responses to threats. Contrary to popular belief, the increase in the dependency on artificial intelligence will spur the demand for security professionals with AI knowledge. At the end of the day, AI needs security so that it can attend to threats and respond without any delay.

Cloud Security

Cloud service is preferred by many organizations as it is a secure and time-saving service. When organizations transfer data from their local server to a cloud-based server, the security of the corporate data becomes the responsibility of cloud security experts.

Clients moving operations to the cloud often opt for cloud-native applications, causing them to spam their own data centers and public clouds too. The rising demand for cloud services and a challenge to provide utmost security to cloud data has brought about the hunt for security personnel who can ensure implementation of security standards. The demand for cloud security professionals is expected to be higher this year.

Forensic Investigation

The U.S.–China trade war is expected to arise again due to the prevailing geopolitical tensions in Europe and Asia. Western firms are expecting intrusions from China, and the most vulnerable industries are expected to be those related to the 13th five-year plan of China, namely, biotechnology, aerospace, robotics, power equipment, new-energy vehicles, and agricultural machinery. Forrester Researcher predicts that “no matter how sophisticated your internal teams and tools are, you’ll be up against determined adversaries with access to government’s resources.” [5] Hence, IT security forensic professionals are going to be in high demand to help employers detect breaches and investigate attacks.

Blockchain Security

Despite the crash of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology is evolving and is likely to become a bedrock for many security systems such as mobile, IoT devices, supply chain integration, network control, and identity solutions. Blockchain technology skills are in high demand, with a comparatively low supply of human skills, creating a large market in the foreseeable future.

Internet of Things Security

Internet of Things (IoT) devices failed to steal the show because of too many vulnerabilities that were popping up throughout last year. Manufacturers have accepted that IoT needs rework, and anyone skilled in IoT security will likely be in demand in the year 2019.

Women CISOs

The year 2019 will witness increased number of female Chief Information Security Officers, when compared to 2018. Forrester has predicted that Fortune 500 companies will encourage women IT security staff and might enhance the contribution of women from 13% in 2018 to 20% in 2019. [6]

The threats and risks in cybersecurity continue to rise, and organizations should be ready to combat the risks and accept all the challenges presented. There is no doubt that technology is evolving at a rapid pace and is becoming sophisticated, and so are the cyberattacks.

The points discussed above are only a few of the trends that are going to rule the job market in 2019. Besides these, there are many skills in cybersecurity that might also continue to gain prominence. Overall, a career in cybersecurity appears to be promising in the next few months, and if you wish to stand apart, then now is the time. Get yourself trained in cybersecurity, get a credential, gather knowledge, and start working for experience, and soon, you will lead the cybersecurity industry.

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  1. https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/
  2. https://www.esecurityplanet.com/network-security/2019-it-security-employment-outlook.html
  3. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/security/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html
  4. https://www.esecurityplanet.com/network-security/security-compliance.html
  5. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3202771/data-protection/general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr-requirements-deadlines-and-facts.html
  6. https://go.forrester.com/blogs/predictions-2019-cybersecurity/
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