Monday, 16 October 2023 23:13

IDB says there is a deficit of 500,000 cybersecurity professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean

Written by Coralia Cuellar

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) points out that there are a good number of jobs in the area of technology that have not been filled. For some experts this is due to the lack of knowledge within the curricula on the use of new technologies and software development.

The IDB through its Twitter account today X, invites you to join the Latin American Conference on Informatics 2023 in order to know the outlook and see the ways out of this type of problem.

According to this Bank, in Latin America and the Caribbean there is a deficit of more than 500 thousand professionals in Cybersecurity.


According to the computer security company ESET, in 2021 the number of ransomware attacks doubled compared to 2020. This suggests that in 2023 this type of attack will continue to affect companies.

The main problem is that cybercriminals manage to hijack important and valuable information, then encrypt this information and remove access to it. They then ask companies for large sums of money to return the key. Finally, the decryption process begins, which, in some cases, can compromise some data.

According to Coveware data, the average amount paid by companies that were victims of ransomware in 2021 was US$139 thousand.


Translated by: A.M