As part of its ongoing career training initiative — and reflecting ongoing need in the industry — Google has launched a new Cybersecurity Certificate to fill entry-level jobs such as cybersecurity analyst and information security analyst.
The certificate can be completed online in less than six months through part-time study, with no experience or degree required, according to the May 4 announcement.
“Global interest in cybersecurity jobs among job seekers has reached an all-time high on Google Search this year, yet businesses continue to report a large cybersecurity skills gap,” Lisa Gevelber, founder of Grow with Google, said in an emailed statement.
“The data is clear,” she said. “We must create more pathways for people to enter the cybersecurity field and build a lasting career.”
Cyberattacks increased 38% globally last year, according to Google, which places critical infrastructure at risk, including governments, hospitals, electrical grids, schools and businesses. However, there aren’t enough workers to address these needs — with more than 750,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. and a shortage of 3.5 million workers worldwide projected through 2025. Women, Black, Hispanic and Latino workers are also underrepresented in the field, Google said.
Hiring managers have been working to close a cybersecurity talent gap in recent years as demand grows for the role. Employers should look for a combination of technical skills and soft skills, including flexibility and a willingness to learn.
In fact, hiring cybersecurity workers for their potential isn’t a bad idea, according to recent research. Upskilling workers in the field appears to be cost effective, as well as a great way to boost employee retention and institutional longevity.