In the first half of 2017 alone, over 2 billion records were compromised. After stealing PII (personally identifiable information) from these hacks, fraudsters can gain access to customer accounts, create synthetic identities, and even craft phony business profiles to commit various forms of fraud. Naturally, companies are frantically looking to beef up their security teams. But there’s a problem.
A large skills gap is causing hiring difficulties in the cybersecurity industry. So much so that the Information Systems Audit and Control Association found that less than one in four candidates who apply for cybersecurity jobs are qualified. The ISACA predicts that this will lead to a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019.