The importance of cybersecurity in the digital age

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According to the Mapa del Empleo, around 1.600 cybersecurity specialist profile vacancies were published during the last three months of 2023.

In the digital age, information is an invaluable asset and connectivity is a necessity. Cybersecurity thus emerges as a fundamental pillar to safeguard data and protect individuals, businesses and institutions from cyber threats.

Technological evolution has brought with it an exponential increase in global interconnectedness, but it has also opened doors to new risks and vulnerabilities: from cyber-attacks targeting large corporations to the theft of personal information. The need to protect digital infrastructure has become a constant challenge.

Aware of this reality, Fundación Telefónica have played a key role in the dissemination of good practices and the generation of knowledge in this field, understanding that prevention and awareness are fundamental tools.

Along these lines, we have developed educational programmes, such as Conecta Empleo, which promotes training in digital competencies and skills that encourage the safe use of technology and the adoption of responsible online practices.


Digital skills most in demand in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of the technological fields that has not stopped growing in relation to the demand for professionals with expertise in the field.

According to Mapa del Empleo, around 1.600 cybersecurity specialist profile vacancies were published during the last three months of 2023. But what skills are most in demand by companies in this field?

As this tool shows, the five most sought-after digital skills in job vacancies for cybersecurity specialist profiles are:

  1. Firewall, required in a total of 305 vacancies.
  2. Cloud Computing, in 263 vacancies.
  3. Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), in 194 vacancies.
  4. Communication Networks, in 154 vacancies.
  5. Microsoft Azure, by 145 vacancies.

In order of demand, they are followed by Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Phyton and Hacking.

According to the offers published on ticjob in 2023, the technologies most in demand by companies in the field of cybersecurity are:

  1. Fortinet – 37%.
  2. Palo Alto – 33.6% 3.
  3. Checkpoint – 11.8% 4.
  4. F5 Network – 9.2% 5.
  5. McAfee – 2.9%.


Salary range for cyber security experts

Cybersecurity is a dynamic field that requires a proactive mindset and constant adaptation to emerging threats. The key for specialist profiles is to stay current and agile in responding to the changing challenges presented by the cybersecurity landscape.

According to information from ticjob and taking into account the required years of experience, these profiles obtain the following salary ranges:

  • Junior profile: €18,000-27,000 gross / year
  • Profile with 2-5 years experience: €27,000-39,000 gross / year
  • Profile with more than 5 years experience: 39.000 -51.000€ gross / year

If you are interested in finding out or getting guidance on which training options are suitable to improve or strengthen your skills in this area, whether at a basic or advanced level, the Orientador Profesional Virtual can help you free of charge.

If you want to know more information about profiles, technologies, locations, among others, most demanded in 2023, ask for the annual TECH employment indicators made by ticjob.

The importance of cybersecurity in the digital age
The importance of cybersecurity in the digital age