IT Security

2017 Career Insights

As the risk of cyberattacks continues to increase, so does the need for companies to employ experienced Information Security professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of professionals employed as Information Security Analysts increased from 70,000 in 2015 to over 89,000 last year (27% increase). In addition, CNNMoney listed IT Security Director in their 100 Best Jobs in America list due to a median salary of $147,000 and the number of open positions growing 15% over the next ten years.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

CompTIA Security+

  • Entry- to Mid-Level
  • Benchmark for best practices in IT Security
  • CompTIA recommends two years IT administration and Network+ credential before obtaining Security+ certification
  • Average salary for jobs that require a Security+ is $94,000

 

CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)

  • Mid- to Senior-Level
  • Use same tools as malicious hackers to pinpoint weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  • Average salary for Certified Ethical Hackers is $96,000

 

CISA (Chief Information Systems Auditor)

  • Mid- to Senior-Level
  • Information Systems control and monitoring
  • Minimum of five years of experience
  • Main requirement for security auditing opportunities
  • Annual Salary of CISA certificate holders is $115,471

 

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

 

 

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