According to online tech job resource site Cyberseek, New York-based employers posted about 20,000 cybersecurity job openings in 2016. Cyberseek, operated by the U.S. Commerce Department‘s National Institute of Standards and Technology in cooperation with CompTIA, reported that employers posted an estimated 20,223 job openings for cybersecurity workers over the past year.
“Financial services companies, hotels, communications providers, and many other businesses have been the targets of cyber-attacks in recent months,” Kevin Callahan, director, state government affairs, Northeast, CompTIA said in a statement. “This daily drumbeat of news about cyber-threats is a constant reminder of the need for cybersecurity readiness. That readiness starts by fortifying the front line of defense – cybersecurity professionals armed with the right education, certifications and skills.”
Cyberseek’s data suggests an estimated 45,215 people are employed in cybersecurity roles in New York. Cybersecurity analyst / specialist, auditor, cybersecurity engineer, risk manager / analyst, are among the most requested jobs by companies looking to recruit top tech talent.
Cybersecurity has become a hot topic as hackers get more advanced. In October 2016 the East Coast was affected by a major cyber attack affecting thousands of sites including Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, PayPal. New York City Wired remained active during the East Coast cybersecurity breach.