Security Pros Can Write Their Own Ticket

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 2013-08-26 Email Print this article Print

It's a good time to be a cyber-security professional. With continued staffing shortages estimated to be between 20,000 and 40,000 nationwide, information security workers are able to write their own ticket to some degree. The average cyber-security worker earns $116,000, according to a recent survey from Semper Secure, a public-private partnership that aims to increase the number and quality of cyber-security professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. That level of compensation is needed for the nearly 40 percent of respondents who work in two of the nation's most expensive places to live: California and the Washington, D.C., metro area. Still, money is not the top priority among the survey's 500 respondents, who listed challenging work, a sense of importance and the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology as more important considerations than salary. But Semper Secure and survey partner MeriTalk believe that money may be more important than respondents are letting on, so they've put together a salary calculator that security pros can use to get an idea of what they should be making based on location, job title, experience, degrees and certifications.

Tony has been writing about technology and business for nearly 20 years and currently freelances from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having spent the dot-com boom and bust years in Silicon Valley, he's had a front-row seat for the evolution of the technologies that have been the foundation of IT-powered business—from the growth of client/server computing, through the birth of the commercial Internet, to the emergence of cloud computing and social media. He has been a regular contributor to CIO Insight and Baseline Magazine since 2007, and he posts frequently on CIO Insight's BizTech 3.0 blog. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Tony spends his spare time relaxing with his wife, playing with his two sons, tinkering around his home in Albany, Calif., and, when time allows, playing saxophone and traveling. His somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at

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