This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights the different skill categories and capabilities important to cybersecurity professionals. The importance of skills to business and IT success has never been greater. The skill of the IT organizations contributes more than 40% of the improvement organizations attribute to their digital transformation (DX) initiatives, suggesting that skill and technology investment must be considered together to get the most impact from DX investments. Possibly more importantly, organizations with strategically aligned development programs experience increased reliability and visibility and reduce the impact of the IT skills gap on project delays by an average of 33%. This suggests that organizations must understand which skills are important to IT success (and IT professional career success) in order to maximize the benefits of their strategic IT investments.
IDC's Global IT Skills Survey examined the importance of more than 70 different skill categories to 40 different general IT roles in 7 role groups. It included responses from 767 cybersecurity professionals and leaders where we discovered dozens of skills and capabilities that IT professionals consider important to their career, where they need training in the next 24 months, or both. For this research, the cybersecurity role group included cyber/information security engineer, security analysts, and security management specialists, regardless of their title.
"The value well-skilled IT professionals can bring to their organization is clear. By identifying and developing important skills, cybersecurity organizations in enterprises of all sizes can help maximize the impact of IT on their enterprise and create meaningful career opportunities for their IT professionals." — Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IT Education and Skills for Digital Transformation at IDC