Amid layoffs in big tech, there’s one sector that desperately needs more employees: cybersecurity.
WPTV looked at the demand boom and the ramifications of a small labor pool.
Think of them as digital security guards.
With the amount of time everyone spends on the internet, we want people to protect that information.
Companies are looking for cybersecurity experts to protect all that data. There is a high demand for these jobs, but not enough workers.
Imagine a community with no cops to protect your homes. The streets could look like the wild Wild West.
In some ways, it’s the internet right now.
“You have companies that have been looking for six months to a year to throw around silly money, and they can’t find anyone,” said Alan Crowetz, owner of Infostream, an IT support company that offers cybersecurity.
He said demand for these positions had “crossed the ceiling”.
But the supply of cybersecurity experts is low. Cyberseek, a cybersecurity career tools website, said there are only enough workers to fill 68% of the cybersecurity jobs that employers need in the United States.
It also shows that Florida is among the top five states with the most cybersecurity job openings – nearly 40,000. In a quick search online, WPTV found 182 job openings. related within 50 miles of West Palm Beach, paying up to $180,000 per year.
“It’s a whole new arena, a whole new realm. We live, work and play online now, so the world of security has to expand and expand to meet the way people live, work and play,” said Dwight Elliott, a professor at Palm Beach State College. said.
Elliott teaches cybersecurity at Palm Beach State College. He said the college is working to expand its curriculum to meet the growing demands of the digital economy.
“They say follow the money trail, pretty much, you know criminals will also challenge or chase those digital assets online,” Elliott said.
Dr. Theo Owusu, who works for the information management program at the college, said that in recent years online financial resources have grown. More and more people are working remotely, pushing companies to adapt to securing data.
“A lot of jobs never had someone designated to oversee that, but now there’s a need,” Owusu said.
Information technology students realize this. Graduate Marwan Abdulmalek said he first started in computer engineering but changed majors.
“I worked as an IT professional and saw a growing need for cybersecurity professionals, especially here these days companies want to hire cybersecurity professionals,” Abdulmalek said.
Crowetz said employees affected by layoffs at big tech companies might make the switch, but even he admits there are more bad guys than good guys in cybersecurity.
“So the massive amount of information that you have online, that’s out there in the world, is a target because there aren’t enough cops on it, that’s what this boils down,” Crowetz said.
A cybersecurity grant that Palm Beach State College recently received aims to create a pipeline of Palm Beach County School District students into associate and bachelor’s degree programs in cybersecurity at the school.
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