The sheer number of “things” to be secured in the Internet of Things
is expected to create a rash of jobs in cybersecurity
over the next several years. “You're going to have to secure the device or the sensor, you need to secure the data, and you're going to have to secure that across an open network,” Intel’s head of business marketing, Stuart Dommett, told an IoT roundtable in May. “It really is a massive, massive change.” Click here to find cybersecurity jobs.
Intel has argued previously that the IoT, which is expected to see 26 billion connected devices
by 2020, needs its own security model
to protect user data. This demand for security professionals will exacerbate an existing, ongoing shortage. Cisco’s
2014 Annual Security Report estimates that
1 million security professionals are needed to meet today's demand in the global market. A recent Rand Corp. report
, which notes that training programs might not pay off for five years or more, says the most pressing demand is at the high end—experienced professionals who command salaries of $200,000 to $250,000. However, the report suggests the nation’s cybersecurity needs will be met as high salaries lure needed workers into the space.
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