WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Amid massive tech layoffs, there is one sector in dire need of more employees — cybersecurity.
WPTV explored the impact of surges in demand and small workforce pools.
Think of it like a digital security guard.
We all want that information to be protected as we spend time on the Internet.
Businesses are looking for cybersecurity experts to protect all their data. These jobs are in high demand, but there are not enough workers.
Imagine a community without cops guarding your home. The streets may look like the Wild West.
In a way, that’s the Internet today.
Alan Crowetz, owner of Infostream, an information technology support company that provides cybersecurity, said, “We spent six months to a year looking for companies throwing ridiculous amounts of money at us, and we couldn’t find anyone. did not.
He said demand for these positions has “plateaued.”
However, the supply of cybersecurity professionals is in short supply. Cybersecurity His Career His Tools website, Cyberseek, says there are only enough workers to fill his 68% of cybersecurity jobs employers need in the U.S. .
It also shows that Florida is one of the top five states with the most cybersecurity jobs, with nearly 40,000. A quick search online by WPTV found he had 182 relevant job openings within 50 miles of West Palm Beach, paying up to $180,000 a year.
“This is a whole new realm, a whole new domain. We live, work and play online now. We need to scale and scale for the sake of the world,” said Dwight Elliott, a professor at Palm Beach State University. He said.
Elliott teaches cybersecurity at Palm Beach State University. He said the university is working to expand its curriculum to meet the growing demands of the digital economy.
“Following the flow of money is often said, but it is well known that criminals also challenge and chase digital assets online,” Elliott said.
Theo Owusu, Ph.D., who is in charge of the information management program at the university, says online funding has expanded in recent years. As more people work remotely, businesses are under pressure to adapt to secure data.
“Many jobs have never had someone named to oversee them, but now they need to,” Owusu said.
Information technology students see it. Alumnus Marwan Abdulmalek said he initially majored in computer engineering, but he changed his major.
“I used to work in IT, and I have noticed that there is a growing need for cybersecurity professionals, especially these days, when companies want to hire cybersecurity professionals,” Abdulmalek says. says Mr.
Crowetz said employees affected by massive tech layoffs could make the switch, but even he said there are more bad guys than “good guys” in cybersecurity. I admit that
“So the vast amount of information that exists online all over the world is being targeted because there are not enough police,” Crowetz said.
A cybersecurity grant recently received by Palm Beach State University aims to connect Palm Beach County School District students to the university’s associate and bachelor’s degree programs in cybersecurity.