A happy convergence between need and available capability seems to be taking place in the UAE. That it is happening in one of the globe's most demanding and most-needed sectors - cybersecurity - can only be encouraging for the region's governments, and its populations.

According to a survey conducted by Zogby Analytics and published by Raytheon, Forcepoint and the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), young adults in the UAE are more likely to consider a cybersecurity career than their peers elsewhere in the world.

Over 3,000 young people aged between 18 and 26 from nine countries were surveyed, 815 of whom were from four Middle East nations (Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE). Some 67% of Emiratis said they consider themselves more likely to consider a cybersecurity job than a year ago, and the same proportion was aware of what cybersecurity professionals do, compared to 51% in the U.S., 45% in Europe and 44% in Asia-Pacific.

This enthusiasm for the sector comes at a critical time, with networked connectivity spreading far beyond computers and smartphones. If an error in the software in a device such as a domestic electricity meter could potentially allow an intruder to access the electricity customer's bank details, that becomes a problem not just for the meter manufacturer, the electricity provider and the customer, but for the bank and potentially the government as well.

The requirement in the region is growing at least as fast - if not faster - than in the rest of the world. As the UAE continues to cement its reputation as a hub for advanced technologies, so the need for home-grown cybersecurity specialists intensifies.

"The only difference between a Middle Eastern country and somewhere like the UK is that you have companies in the UK that may have been doing cyber for a longer period of time," says David Ray, vice-president of strategy and business development in Raytheon's information, intelligence and services division. "Everyone's at a different maturation point, but they're all excited about wanting to have the talent in place to make it an enduring part of their infrastructure."