Monday, March 30, 2020

And here's the raw data

As promised, here are the raw data files as of the weekend, somewhat cleaned up:

Here's the .xlsx version:!ADU9TlQrSzm4h8cc

And here's a .csv!ADU9TlQrSzm4h8cd

If you play with the data and decide to do anything with it, please let me know so I can share it here and elsewhere.

The survey is still open at, I will share more data files once the results have grown enough to be significant beyond this set of 438 respondents.

A few more numbers, and a "that's interesting" or two

Of the 61 respondents who ID as female:
89% have a degree, 11% do not.
Compared to the 359 who ID as male:
72% have a degree, 28% do not.

Age/degree breakdowns:
Under 26, 21 respondents, 43% no degree, 57% degree
26-35, 92 respondents, 24/76% no/yes degree
36-45, 168 respondents, 27/73% no/yes degree
46-55, 121 respondents, 26/74% no/yes degree
56 and up, 34 respondents, 24/76% no/yes degree

Age/gender ID breakdown:
Under 26, 21/79% ID as female/male
26-35, 22/78% female/male
36-45, 14/86% female/male
46/55, 9/91% female/male
56 and up, 15/85% female/male

Of 437 respondents, 6 ID as non-binary (~1%) and 9 preferred not to answer (2%)

All demographic data was clearly marked as being optional.

I'll let you decide what (if any) of the revelations above warrant a "that's interesting".

Up next, more-or-less cleaned up raw data files in .csv and .xlsx formats.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Initial Survey Demographics

Here are some initial demographics from the survey. Out of 416 respondents thus far (the survey is still open) results are:
Age ranges:
21 are 25 and under (20% of these identify as female)
84 are 26-35 (21% female)
163 are 36-45 (14% female)
113 are 46-55 (10% female)
34 are 56 and over (36% female)

60 female
341 male
5 non-binary
6 no answer
2 other

2 American Indian / Alaskan Native
14 Asian
1 Asian;Caucasian / White
12 Black / African
3 Black / African;Caucasian / White
350 Caucasian / White
3 Caucasian / White;American Indian / Alaskan Native
2 Caucasian / White;Hispanic / Latinx
1 Caucasian / White;Hispanic / Latinx;American Indian / Alaskan Native
1 Caucasian / White;Pacific Islander
9 Hispanic / Latinx

Two notes:
All demographic questions are optional.
This is for respondents of this survey only, it may not reflect the industry as a whole.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Certifications and self-study

Let's take a quick look at some non-degree data, certifications and self study:
What security certifications have you earned (current and/or lapsed)? Please add certs not listed under “Other”.

Which non-security certifications have you earned (current or lapsed)? Please add certs not listed under “Other”.

Have you done any of the following self-study or non-traditional training? Please use the “Other” option to add other methods.

These answer say a lot about many people drawn to the security realm, we study and learn in a wide variety of ways. As the past NOC lead for a hacker con, I am really pleased to see so many folks helping run networks at events, it is a great way to help the community, and to learn in the process. 

The survey is still open, and the answers keep coming in. Next week we will take a look at demographics.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Survey Says...

Well, it says a lot of things, and as expected it answers some questions and asks more.

First, thank you to everyone who completed the survey and shared it, there are over 400 responses so far and I plan on leaving it open for a few more weeks.

I will hold off on sharing my interpretations and opinions, I just want to share some data for now. And yes, raw data will be available as a .CSV in coming weeks, I just want to gather more answers and sanitize it before sharing publicly.

Also, thanks to Jay Jacobs of the Cyentia Institute, he has done some data visualization work on the initial data.

The first question was "Do you currently work in a security role? (A role where security is the primary focus, whether defensive or offensive: Red team, pentester, SOC analyst, Incident Response, security admin, security support, etc.)"

Question two is "What is the highest level of formal education you have achieved?"

And here Jay has compared the first two questions:

And jumping ahead, question nine is: "If you are a recruiter or hiring manager, do you require degrees for candidates in infosec/cybersecurity roles?"

More to come later this week.
Note: this post is cross-posted from the project website at

Friday, March 6, 2020

Survey on degrees and education in cybersecurity

I have started a new project to gather information on career topics in information/cyber security. I'm launching with a simple survey on degrees and education in the field. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete, the survey has 14 to 18 questions including optional demographic questions, plus optional additional information and feedback fields. Results will be shared online, including in the blog at careerstudy dot org, and in future presentations. Contact email for this project is: info at careerstudy dot org

Please take the survey at

And please share the survey with anyone or any group you feel may be appropriate so that we can gather more responses and gain more insights.