Security Careers Offer Opportunities, Challenges

Security Careers Offer Opportunities, Challenges

Security Careers Offer Opportunities, Challenges

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

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.

Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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