The Growing Demand for Cybersecurity Experts

The Growing Demand for Cybersecurity Experts

The global demand for cybersecurity experts should rise to 6 million within three years, according to Michael Brown, CEO with Symantec. Additionally, Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report concluded that there is a severe shortage for cybersecurity professionals. Currently, the average salary for cybersecurity professionals is well over $100,000 and is expected to grow as the demand to fill open positions continues to rise. While this shortage poses a big problem for employers who need to keep their information systems protected, it provides an excellent opportunity for IT professionals who are willing to train in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Jobs

Those who perform cybersecurity operations include: security analysts, security engineers, system administrators and IT Directors. While duties and skill sets will be different, each of these positions must have some knowledge of auditing, compliance, firewalls, intrusion detection, analytics and recovery. Additionally, there are specialties within cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity specialties:

• Engineer
• Specialist
• Analyst
• Architect

Cybersecurity Certifications

There are quite a few security certifications that hiring managers look for when choosing applicants to hire. These include everything from CompTIA Security + to CISSP. Security+ is the best place to start because it offers a vendor-neutral, introduction to security. CASP is an additional CompTIA certification that is also recommended for those who are new to this field. CISM is a highly recognized cybersecurity certification that is sponsored by ISACA and is ideal for those who develop and manage large enterprise systems. CEH is really growing in popularity and provides an ethical approach to testing a system’s security weaknesses. The CISSP certification demonstrates that the applicant has an exceptional level of cybersecurity knowledge and will have documented experience to back it up.

Popular cybersecurity certifications include:

• Security+
• CASP
• CISM
• CEH
• CISSP

Summing it Up

The demand for cybersecurity professionals will only increase and those with updated certifications will get the benefit of high-paying, secure employment. Those who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity certifications are encouraged to go to knowledgenet.com or call (877) 797-2799.

Tom Hurst has been working in the information technology industry since 2008 and is currently writing engaging and informative articles about his experiences. Hurst also enjoys a life outside of IT that includes hunting, fishing and music composition.

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