November 7, 2017

Report: Demand for CT cybersecurity workers strong

More than 2,400 cybersecurity jobs have been posted in the past year in Connecticut, according to Cyberseek, a free online workforce resource developed by CompTIA and Burning Glass Technologies.

CompTIA is a technology industry association, and Burning Glass Technologies is a labor market analytics firm.

According to data compiled for the past 12 months through Sept. 2017, Connecticut employers posted 2,452 cybersecurity job openings. That's in addition to the estimated 6,671 cybersecurity workers employed in the state as of the end of 2016, according to Matthew Sigelman, Burning Glass CEO.

"The demand for skilled and certified cybersecurity professionals is surging from coast to coast and border to border," said Sigelman. "In every state, including Connecticut, the demand for cybersecurity talent outstrips the supply of available workers."

CyberSeek's data reveals that the job search categories of "operate and maintain," "securely provision," "protect and demand," and "analyze" account for the bulk of the job postings, he said.

CyberSeek is funded through a grant awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

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