Security Careers Offer Opportunities, Challenges


It's a good time to be an IT security professional. Threats are rampant and come from a variety of sources, making security skill sets a sought-after commodity, and pushing IT security compensation upward. Of course, as Uncle Ben told Spider-Man, "With great power comes great responsibility," and in the world of IT security, that means you need the right certifications and affiliations. Such are the findings of the sixth annual "2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study" from nonprofit (ISC)², administrators of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification standard. That's not to say that the study of 12,000 information security professionals, conducted by Frost & Sullivan for (ISC)² and partner Booz Allen Hamilton, didn't strike some ominous notes. Respondents indicated that they're fighting an uphill battle against a long list of threats, topped by concerns such as application vulnerabilities, malware and mobile devices, and that they're doing so while dealing with a shortage of qualified IT security professionals.

Security Careers Offer Opportunities, Challenges

Threat and Vulnerability Concerns
• Application vulnerabilities: 69%
• Malware: 67%
• Mobile devices: 66%
• Internal employees: 56%
• Hackers: 56%

Security Careers Offer Opportunities, Challenges
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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