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Some of the Most Sought-After Tech Jobs Don't Require a College Degree

After a spate of high-profile hacks this year, companies should be hiring more workers devoted to protecting their networks, yet many aren’t. Part of the problem: There aren’t enough people who fit the bill.

Some estimates of the cyber skills shortage are striking. Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security report puts the gap in demand for professionals with relevant cybersecurity skills and the supply of those people at 1 million worldwide. In a survey of 12,000 information security specialists by the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, 56 percent said their organization was understaffed in that department.