CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The tech skills gap is creating a cybersecurity gap.

  • Nearly half a million cybersecurity workers are needed in North America, and nearly 3 million worldwide.
  • Almost a quarter of companies surveyed say they have a “significant shortage” of cybersecurity staff.
  • According to Norton Security, it takes a U.S. company nearly 200 days on average to identify a data breach.

According to a recent cybersecurity workforce study, nearly half a million cybersecurity workers are needed in North America, and nearly 3 million worldwide.

In the report, almost a quarter of companies surveyed say they have a “significant shortage” of cybersecurity staff. About 60 percent believe they’re at some risk for an attack because of a lack of staffing.

“The reason we have so many security problems is because we’re not teaching all the other tech people enough about security,” professor at UNCC’s College of Computing and Informatics Bill Chu said. “The problem would be much better if the people who build those technology build them securely.”

According to Norton Security, it takes a U.S. company nearly 200 days on average to identify a data breach, and a breach on average costs a company almost $8 million.