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The ‘IT industry of the future’: cybersecurity

As companies gain the ability to collect and store ever-growing databases of sensitive client data, cybersecurity experts are in high demand.

So much so in fact, that demand for cybersecurity jobs is expected to reach 6 million positions worldwide by 2019, according to Michael Brown, the CEO at Symantec, who shared his forecast with CSO Online. Furthermore, U.S. News and World Report found that infosecurity jobs are expected to have a 36.5 percent growth rate through 2022.

To attract more professionals in the “IT industry of the future,” as Venture Beat put it, many companies are introducing targeted cybersecurity recruitment campaigns and in-house training programs. The source cited Cisco, which dedicated $10 million to a robust training program for qualified candidates.

Investing in cybersecurity career development seems to pay off, like in San Diego, where local leadership have spent two years cultivating the city as a hot spot for cutting-edge tech. The city has seen a 14.7 percent increase in cyberjobs since 2014, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Cities near military bases and offices have an especially high demand for cybersecurity professionals. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego has seen its cybersecurity workforce grow from 6,600 in 2014 to 7,620 this year, according to the source.