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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Law Boosts Cyber Security Jobs in India

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● Indeed research shows 150% increase in job postings for cyber security profiles in India
● Bengaluru accounts for the highest number (36%) of jobs in the sector in India

Chennai, May 25, 2018: According to data from Indeed, the world’s no. 1 job site, there has
been an upsurge in job postings for cyber security roles by 150% between January 2017
and March 2018, along with a corresponding increase of 129% in job searches for the
same in the same period. Between January 2017 and March 2018, there has also been a spike
in the number of job postings for Data Protection roles, which have seen an increase of 143%,
while the number of job searches for the same have risen by 188%.

The impending implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law in
Europe has stimulated Indian companies to fortify their databases, leading to an upswing in the
search for cyber security and privacy professionals. Further, the unprecedented increase in the
number of cybercrimes in the country has also created a number of job opportunities for data
protection and cyber security professionals. According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-
2021, cybercrime will more than triple the number of job openings over the next five years 1 .

Given the Information Technology boom in Bengaluru, the city accounts for 36% of all cyber
security related jobs in the country; leading by a considerable margin over Mumbai
(17%), the NCR region (12%), Pune (9%) and Hyderabad (8%), which make up the top five
destinations for work opportunities in the sector in India.

Mr. Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India, said, “Globally, the increasing number of
cyber crimes has made it imperative for companies to keep pace in hiring the right talent to
combat them. Therefore, companies across the world are gearing up to ensure compliance to
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy requirements. While the larger
technology giants are more or less equipped to comply, it is the mid-size and smaller firms that
are seeking professionals to help them cope with the requirements the new laws entail.”

Indeed data also highlights a high level of interest in the field among the age group of 26-30
year olds. Interestingly people between the age group of 41-45 year olds also show high levels
of interest in these profiles, as compared to those between 31-35 years old. This indicates that
young technology talent as well as those with some experience in the industry are seeking
opportunities in the cyber security space.

Despite cyber security jobs having zero percent unemployment, there is a huge dearth of skilled
professionals, who can understand the complexities of today’s interconnected world. Cyber security breaches and intricacies have touched all industries and sectors. Hence, it is vital for all
organisations to increase their security systems and processes.

About Indeed:

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs on the web or mobile in over 60 countries and 28 languages. More than 200 million people each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed is the #1 source of external hires for thousands of companies (sources: SilkRoad & iCIMS).

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