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Addressing the cybersecurity skills gap

Last year, the UK government announced plans to conduct an audit into the state of the country’s cybersecurity workforce. This survey planned to examine private businesses as well as public sector organisations and focus on the issues and shortage of training and employment of cyber security professionals.

The investigation came at a time where the cybersecurity industry in the UK witnessed a dramatic increase in opportunities and a shortage in talent. A new report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport recently revealed that the UK’s cybersecurity industry is now worth an estimated £8.3 billion, with total revenues in the sector up 46 per cent from £5.7 billion in 2017.

The number of active cybersecurity firms in the UK has increased 44% from 2017 up from 846 in 2017 to over 1,200 at year-end 2019. ...