The COVID-19 pandemic delivered a serious blow to the global economy, but plenty of job opportunities remain in the cybersecurity field, according to Kris Rides, CEO of cybersecurity staffing company Tiro Security.
There were cybersecurity layoffs, Rides said, but in much smaller numbers than in industries such as travel and entertainment, which have taken the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact. Cybersecurity “is one area where companies couldn’t really afford to lay off people,” Rides said, during a virtual presentation as part of the (ISC)22020 Security Congress taking place this week.
Kris Rides, CEO of Tiro Security
The pandemic’s impact on cybersecurity jobs appears to have been temporary, according to Rides.
“There were less jobs available, but that was only for a short period of time. If anything, it was kind of a reset. Now we’ve got as many jobs as we had before.”
Considering the security job skills gap, this isn’t surprising. Before the pandemic there was an estimated job skills gap of about 4 million worldwide, according to the (ISC)2 2019 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. Last week, (ISC)2 released its 2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, which reveals that the gap narrowed to 3.12 million professionals needed, partly as a result of market contraction.
After the Pandemic
Rides predicted that companies will continue trying to recruit qualified cybersecurity professionals once the pandemic is over, which means there will be no real change in that regard. However, there will be questions about whether to keep work-from-home (WFH) environments at pandemic levels.