Gamers Better Suited For Cybersecurity Jobs, Study Finds

Ian Bush
April 04, 2018 - 2:53 pm
Video Games

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Video gamers could have a leg up on the competition for a job that's in demand -- and growing. 

Too much time in front of Fortnite might earn a kid a reprimand from mom or dad.

But a new study shows gamer skills are exactly what companies are looking for when it comes to hunting and neutralizing cyber threats.

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McAfee says 92 percent of the 900-plus organizations they surveyed say such experience makes people well-suited to a career in information security.

The research finds gamers quickly learn to "look for clues, tools and weapons in their quest for success." And they develop "persistence, endurance, observation, and logic" when doing so.

Three-quarters of senior managers polled by McAfee say they'd consider hiring a gamer, even if he or she had no specific training or experience in information security -- so play on.