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Veriff Reveals the Countries Leading the Global Cybersecurity Workforce, With the Us, Brazil and Mexico Taking the Top Spots

Veriff has analysed the global cybersecurity workforce to reveal the top 14 countries paving the way, as well as the companies leading in recruitment and the most in-demand cybersecurity job roles.

Every 39 seconds, there is a new attack somewhere on the web. Following an increase in breaches since the pandemic began, there has been a higher demand for cybersecurity positions, with recruitment up 350% since 2013. With cybercriminals becoming smarter in their attacks, the need for a larger and more powerful cybersecurity workforce subsequently increases, with smarter technology, such as AI-powered identity verification, already helping to combat fraud.

Veriff has analysed the global workforce, revealing the companies and countries leading the way in cybersecurity. With an upper-end salary of $420,000 (£305,687), cybersecurity can be a competitive field, so Veriff also reveals the most in-demand job titles.

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Top 14 countries with the largest cybersecurity workforce

The US comes out on top as the country with the largest cybersecurity workforce at nearly 900,000 employees, closely followed by Brazil with just over 600,000. Mexico comes in at third having almost half a million cybersecurity employees, yet its malware attacks were more than 23 times this figure in the first half of 2020 alone at 9.9 million.

Rank Country Size of workforce
1 United States 879,157
2 Brazil 626,650
3 Mexico 421,750
4 United Kingdom 365,823
5 South Korea 232,281
6 Japan 226,269
7 Germany 175,159
8 Spain 122,284
9 France 118,302
10 Australia 108,950
11 Canada 101,963
12 Singapore 57,765
13 Netherlands 34,406
14 Ireland 14,212

When comparing each country’s workforce against its population, the US is demoted to ninth place, with just 0.3% of its population working in cybersecurity. Singapore takes the lead with 1% of its population working within cybersecurity, followed by the UK (0.5%), South Korea (0.5%) and Australia (0.4%).

The top 10 companies leading the way in cybersecurity

The demand for cybersecurity staff will continue to grow, with predictions of a 31% increase by 2029 – over seven times faster than the national average job growth of 4%. Alongside this, over two-thirds (68%) of business leaders feel that cybersecurity risks are increasing, making the cybersecurity workforce a priority for businesses around the world.

With an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity vacancies in 2021 alone, Veriff wanted to analyse some of the top cybersecurity companies in the world, to find out who is leading the way in cybersecurity recruitment.

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Netskope is the leading company, advertising 566 jobs – despite being one of the second-youngest companies ranking in the top ten. The US leads the way as home to the most cybersecurity companies with the largest number of job openings, making up 70% of the top ten list. The UK follows in second with two companies featuring in the ranking, including Sophos in second and Darktrace in tenth.

Rank Company Founded Location Total job openings
1 Netskope 2012 California, United States 566
2 Sophos 1985 Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 209
3 Cybereason 2012 Massachusetts, United States 156
4 Arctic Wolf 2012 Minnesota, United States 116
5 Imperva 2002 California, United States 83
6 SentinelOne 2013 California, United States 83
7 1Password 2005 Ontario, Canada 49
8 LogRhythm 2003 Colorado, United States 41
9 Code42 2001 Minnesota, United States 23
10 Darktrace 2013 Cambridge, United Kingdom 13

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The top five most in-demand cybersecurity jobs

Veriff has also analysed the job titles of the top 10 cybersecurity companies to reveal the most in-demand roles. The most in-demand department is engineering, with Senior Software Engineers being the most advertised, making up more than a quarter (26%) of the total job openings. The average salary of a Senior Software Engineer in the UK is £59,000, which differs largely from the US, where the average salary is much higher at $131,000 (equal to £95,000).

The second most in-demand department in cybersecurity is sales, accounting for one in six (15%) cybersecurity job advertisements – the most popular role within sales being Sales Engineer. Following in third is Development, with the top role being Software Developer.

Rank Department % of total job openings Most in-demand job role
1 Engineering 26% Senior Software Engineer
2 Sales 15.4% Sales Engineer
3 Development 7% Software Developer
4 Technical Support 5.2% Technical Support Engineer
5 Marketing 4.8% Online Community Manager

Commenting on the research, Janer Gorohhov, co-founder and CPO at Veriff:

“The global cybersecurity workforce has been growing in size for many years since the introduction of the internet and, subsequently, online fraud. Figures show that since the beginning of the pandemic, cybercrimes are dramatically rising, causing a higher demand for services such as identity verification to help safeguard businesses from fraud.

“Our research has revealed an interesting ranking of the companies and countries leading the way in cybersecurity. While the top companies recruiting into cybersecurity are primarily based in the US and the UK, it’s great to see a wide range of countries from different parts of the globe coming together to build up a more robust cybersecurity workforce – such as Brazil, Japan, Ireland and Australia.

“In a world that is becoming increasingly remote and digital-first, fraudsters are getting smarter, but so is the cybersecurity workforce. With technology such as AI-powered identity verification and a range of open jobs in numerous fields within cybersecurity, it’s empowering to see the force of this industry growing and improving in order to prevent cybercrime from happening.”

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