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May 17, 2021

What Is The Future Of Cybersecurity Jobs In The Wake Of COVID-19?

COVID-19 forced more businesses around the world to go remote. This meant more people working from home, more daily usage of online software - and an increased risk of online attacks.

Cybercrime increased so much (as much as 31% in the UK) that some commentators labeled 2020 a “cyber pandemic.” And while some jobs and sectors were vulnerable during the COVID pandemic, cybersecurity jobs were actually more in demand than ever before.

But what does the future hold for cybersecurity jobs in the wake of COVID-19? Will there still be a demand for security roles once things return back to “normal”? This article is here to find out.

What Will The Business World Look Like Post-Pandemic?

One of the best ways to start answering this question is to, first of all, take a look at what the business world (and to the same degree, the digital world) will look like in the wake of COVID-19.

Post-pandemic, it’s expected that more and more businesses will switch to mobile devices, as well as cloud-based and offsite technologies, to help run their operations and teams. This is because several organizations are expected to stay remote, despite the loosening of lockdown.

As such, virtual activities - such as Zoom calls and remote sharing of documents and data - will increase.

The problem is that one of the reasons we saw such an increase in cybercrime was due to the fact that millions of individuals were working from home for the first time. This made them incredibly vulnerable to online attackers. And because many businesses are planning to stay remote, security breaches will continue to happen.

What does this mean for cybersecurity jobs?

Cybersecurity Specialist Skills Will Remain In Demand

Organizations around the world will continue to experience security threats for as long as their digital landscape remains vulnerable. This is exacerbated by remote work. As such, they will continue to require cybersecurity skills that only trained cybersecurity professionals possess. These include:

Network Security

A business's IT network is vulnerable to hacker attacks and malware. Cybersecurity skills required to deal with such threats and attacks include remote access, VPNs, firewalls, and wireless network security knowledge.

Information Security

Businesses that don’t possess the skills needed to prevent hackers from accessing their electronic data will have to turn to trained cybersecurity professionals. Skills required here include incident response, data recovery, risk management, and malware analysis.

Cloud Security Services

A number of businesses are using hybrid and cloud platforms, such as Azure, to support their remote working environments. However, adopting such platforms comes with increased cybersecurity risk. Skills in demand here include the implementation of technologies, procedures, controls, and policies that will reduce the threat of cloud-based systems and infrastructure being attacked.

Security Architecture

Now that millions of employees are still working from home, businesses need to build IT security into absolutely everything. This includes customer products, processes, company policies, and even the entire organizational structure. It’s a lot of work, and usually, an organization will pass responsibility onto trained cybersecurity professionals.

Skills required include analysis of business needs and knowledge of security software and hardware.

New Threats, New Opportunities

Businesses going remote is one of the reasons why cybersecurity skills - and thus jobs - are in demand.

Another reason is that threats, including malware, phishing, and ransomware are adapting to this new remote world quicker than anyone expected. They’re outstripping employees in terms of adoption, with FBI estimates backing this up. Indeed, over the last few months, Google (News - Alert) had to block almost 20,000,000 malware emails in a single week.

This means that businesses are now prioritizing security. And because they don’t necessarily have the skills in-house, they’re turning to individuals who are trained in baseline cybersecurity.

The demand for the best talent, then, has rocketed over the last 12 months and is showing no signs of slowing down. Coupled with the fact that IT departments all over the world have had to either furlough or let go of several positions, and you have the perfect storm for a cybersecurity revolution. There is the demand, the talent - and the constant supply of employees.

Moreover, people from different sectors who have also been furloughed or laid off as a result of the pandemic have more time on their hands than ever before. This has given them the chance to learn new skills, such as cybersecurity, with the UK government launching an initiative in the autumn of 2020 aimed at helping people from all walks of life learn more about this in-demand skill.

And there’s no need to worry that there’ll be too many cybersecurity professionals. There is still a cybersecurity skills gap, with businesses struggling to detect and remove malware, store or transfer personal data and even configure firewalls without help.

Final Thoughts

In short, the future of cybersecurity jobs in the wake of COVID-19 is promising. Online attacks aren’t going away any time soon - in fact, data suggests they are going to increase. Cybersecurity indeed could be the safest job there is for years to come.

If this is a career you’re considering, the next step is to decide which area you wish to specialize in (there are many, including cybersecurity engineer, software security officer, and SOC analyst) before taking an online course to level up your skills, gain qualifications - and land work.


Sam Meenasian is the Operations Director of USA Business Insurance and BISU Insurance and an expert in commercial lines insurance products. With over 10 years of experience and knowledge in the commercial insurance industry, Meenasian contributes his level of expertise as a leader and an agent to educate and secure online business insurance for thousands of clients within the Insurance family.

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