The balance of career power is shifting toward security

Life is good on the job front for infosec and cybersecurity professionals. The rest of IT may need to hit the refresh button.

One million security positions sit unfilled today worldwide, according to Cisco. In the first half of fiscal 2016, 16 percent of CIOs surveyed said skilled security professionals were the most challenging to find over any other IT position, according to IT recruiter Robert Half Technology. Just 14 percent of CIOs reported the same challenge in the second half of 2015. Long term, the world could see a shortage of 1.5 million information security professionals by 2020, according to research from Frost & Sullivan in its 2015 (ISC)2 Global Workforce Survey.

But in what seems like a contradiction, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offer a dismal IT jobs outlook. January 2016 saw just 5,500 new IT jobs added, according to its latest report. That’s the fewest number of IT jobs created since August 2014, and even worse than December’s 6,100 jobs added.

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