Cybersecurity workers are in high demand in Illinois

Nearly 30,000 cybersecurity workers are employed in Illinois this year.   File image

There's a huge need for cybersecurity workers in Illinois -- so much so that employers posted more than 15,000 job openings for such positions last year, according to CyberSeek.

CyberSeek is a new joint effort by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in cooperation with technology association CompTIA and its partner, analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies.

Nearly 30,000 cybersecurity workers are employed in Illinois this year, according to CyberSeek data. Even so, employers posted 15,381 related job openings in the past year. Of those job openings, the most were in Chicago -- more than 13,000 such jobs were posted this past year. The runner-up was Bloomington with 514 openings in the past year.

"We've known for some time that there are gaps between the supply and demand of cybersecurity workers," CompTIA senior vice president of research and market intelligence Tim Herbert said. "By pinpointing the need to the state and local levels, CyberSeek fills in knowledge gaps so we can better understand the demand for cybersecurity professionals; the skills employers are looking for; and the true supply of professionals to fill those positions."

The cybersecurity job openings listed the most frequently in Illinois are for analyst/specialist, engineer, researchers, auditors and network administrators.

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