Another year has come and gone, and in just a few short weeks we will ring in 2016. This time of year, we tend to reflect on our successes and failures and create a plan for the new year ahead. What changes do you want to make in 2016? Today, I am going to inform you about something I can guarantee is not changing in 2016--- the rapidly growing demand for information security jobs.
With a shortage of experienced security professionals, enterprise are finding it difficult to fill the InfoSec roles that will protect their technology from damaging cyber-attacks. Now is no better time to become educated in the Information Security industry (or advance your already established career) to fill these in demand jobs. In this blog post, we will take a look at some rewarding InfoSec jobs worth pursuing that are projected to be in demand in 2016.
Information Security Analysts
An Information Security Analyst’s job responsibility is to ensure that the information stored on a company's computer system or network is secured from unauthorized access. As an analyst you will plan and execute safety precautions to ensure that your company’s data cannot be intentionally or accidentally compromised. If data is compromised, the analyst is responsible for repairs or other measures needed to eliminate the threat. Other duties that you may take on include the installation and maintenance of security software.
Many companies only hire professionals with information security certifications. In demand certifications that you will find beneficial are the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). These certifications will not only help you land a job but can also help increase your salary base. Information Security Analysts working in the D.C. Metropolitan area can earn salaries ranging from $50,600-$119,780.
Systems Security Administrator
As a Systems Security Administrator, you will take on responsibilities such as the configuration and upkeep of a company's computers or servers. The specific duties can vary widely and will ultimately depend on the size of the company and the number of its employees.
Many administrators have started with a degree in a related field such as Computer Science or Information Technology. Certifications are an additional option to advance validate your experience and knowledge and advance your salary. Companies often require certifications to qualify for an Info Security jobs and with that being said, certifications such as CISM and CISSP are recommended. You can expect your salary to exceed $140,000 as an experienced Systems Security Administrator in the D.C. area.
Network Security Administrators
With the increased threats posed by hackers and malicious software, having a specific person to ensure network security has never been more critical! The Network Security Administrators main role is to ensure a company's network is secure from data threats initiated from inside and outside of the company. You will notice that job responsibilities may appear identical to a Systems Security Administrator, but the Network Security Administrator's duties are more focused. Some of the responsibilities can include finding security gaps in the network, performing hardware and software audits, implementing procedures to protect the network from hackers, viruses, and spyware.
Specific certifications to consider for this position are CISSP, Security Plus (Sec+) and CISM. The average salary for a Network Security Administrator in Washington D.C ranges from $137,000- $195,500+ a year.
Network Security Engineer
If you are more interested in network security, this may be the best fit for you. The Network Security Engineer is responsible for the security and maintenance of a company's wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN). They are also responsible for implementing network security hardware and software fixes and complying with the company's security audits. Other responsibilities can include troubleshooting, correcting network problems, and managing computer firewalls and other intrusion detection systems.
Advanced training and certifications to consider that will help to secure this position and advance your salary include Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Security+. The average salary for a Network Security Engineer in Washington D.C averages from 145,000-203,000+ a year.
As you can see, a career in Information Security will be both challenging and rewarding! With a shortage of experienced professionals, now is your time to start or advance your career in an industry where plenty of jobs need to be filled.
Source: Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals
Learn more about what Information Security certifications you should get after CompTIA's Security+ here.