Published on November 9, 2023, 5:21 am

The demand for cybersecurity professionals in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow, with a recent study by (ISC)² revealing that an additional 2.2 million people are needed to close the talent gap. Despite a 52.4% increase in the number of cybersecurity professionals in the region compared to the previous year, organizations still face a significant shortage of skilled staff.

Of the survey respondents from the Asia Pacific, 60% reported that their organizations are experiencing a shortage of cybersecurity staff. Furthermore, more than half (56%) of those with workforce shortages believe that this puts their organization at a moderate or extreme risk of a cyberattack.

To address these shortages, the research suggests several initiatives that organizations can undertake. These include training internal talent, rotating job assignments, implementing mentorship programs, and encouraging employees outside of IT or security teams to consider entering the field.

On a positive note, the study found that 71% of Asian Pacific respondents expect their cybersecurity staff to increase within the next year. This mirrors the global average of 72%, indicating a strong growth trend worldwide.

The CEO of (ISC)², Clar Rosso, highlighted geopolitical tensions and growing physical security challenges as factors fueling this increased focus on cybersecurity and demand for professionals within the field. She emphasized that attracting and retaining strong talent is crucial in such circumstances. Professionals have expressed that corporate culture, experience, training and education investment, and mentorship play key roles in keeping teams motivated and effective.

In addition to analyzing workforce changes and trends, the (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study also delves into cultural shifts within organizations. It examines issues related to workplace conditions such as burnout and explores changes in racial, gender, and ethnic diversity among younger cybersecurity professionals. The study also discusses perceptions of certifications in the industry as well as addressing impacts from current events and predictions for future developments.

Other notable findings from the study include:

– 75% of global respondents report strong job satisfaction and passion for their cybersecurity work, but 70% also stated feeling overworked.
– The increase in remote work has significantly changed how organizations approach cybersecurity. In Singapore, two-thirds of respondents agree with this statement.
– Almost half of Singapore respondents (46%) would consider changing jobs if they were no longer allowed to work remotely.
– Many organizations in Singapore are investing in training programs to address staff shortages.
– A majority of Singapore respondents believe that their cybersecurity hiring managers and HR collaborate effectively in developing roles and job descriptions.
– The shortage of qualified talent is the main cause behind the lack of cybersecurity staff, according to 67% of Singapore respondents.

The study also explores diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, with 47% of APAC respondents stating that their organizations are investing in attracting more women and minorities into the cybersecurity profession.

Regarding changing perceptions and current events, the study reveals that a significant percentage of global employees seek new certifications for skills growth. It also highlights concerns about the skills shortage within the cybersecurity sector, although this is considered a lesser risk compared to other regions. Additionally, certain regions have been more focused on business continuity and resiliency due to impacts from geopolitical tensions.

The need for additional cybersecurity professionals is clear. Organizations must prioritize initiatives that attract and retain top talent while addressing workforce shortages. By focusing on culture, training, mentorship, and diversifying their teams, organizations can strengthen their defenses against cyber threats.

Source: [FutureCIO](https://futurecio.tech/apac-needs-2-2-m-cybersec-pros-to-close-talent-gap/)

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