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Study: Most cybersecurity workers stay in it for the long haul


August 26, 2019
By Canadian Security Staff

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According to recent research released by (ISC)², the majority of cybersecurity workers (64 per cent) plan to stay in the field for the duration of their careers.

The data was gathered from (ISC)²’s most recent Cybersecurity Workforce Study, which polled 1,660 cybersecurity and IT professionals. The study also indicates that the longer a professional stayed in the field, the more likely they were to stay for the long-term. Moreover, valuable work experience is considered by cybersecurity workers to be one of their top career drivers, and leads to a greater likelihood that they will stay.

Education and Training
71% of respondents said they were already interested in cybersecurity careers during their education. Of the study participants who pursued a cybersecurity-focused education, 53% landed the first job of their career in the field. This compares to 35% of all the IT/cybersecurity professionals surveyed.

These same respondents viewed cybersecurity certifications as the second most important qualification for cybersecurity professionals seeking employment (after relevant cybersecurity work experience).

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According to the study, 42% of respondents planning to see out their careers in cybersecurity have a bachelor’s degree and 33% a master’s degree.