Staff shortage in cyber threat intelligence looms

While Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) has played a key role in the public sector for many years, growing demand from the private sector is making CTI one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity markets. But this means that a shortage of experienced CTI professionals is not only driving up salaries but also forcing end-user companies, consultancies and vendors to recruit from more diverse backgrounds with less clearly defined entry points.

A new, ‘Cyber Threat Intelligence, UK Employment Market Report 2020’, has been published by Trident Search. The report is based on a detailed survey of CTI professionals working across the public and private sectors.

It shows that over 23 percent of respondents command a salary of £110,000 or more, while 37 percent of employees in the industry are at Analyst level, with a median salary of £47,500. End-user companies appear to have the most experienced teams in terms of years, with over 37 percent of the highest salaries, compared to 20 per cent in vendors and 18.6 per cent in consultancies.

Those responsible for filling CTI positions are increasingly looking at attracting candidates from more diverse backgrounds – in particular, ex-military, law enforcement and education as well as IT professionals looking to cross-over into CTI. The survey found that 48 percent of CTI professionals in end-user organisations were ex-Armed Forces.

Josh Keeley, Founder and Managing Director of Trident Search, a specialist cybersecurity recruitment consultancy and ex-Royal Marine, said: “However, we have very rapidly seen CTI become a core part of mature IT security teams within organisations, which is driving the demand. The good news is that those already working in CTI show high levels of satisfaction and most say they have no plans to move away from the industry anytime soon.”

You can read the report here