We are living in an era where technology is unstoppable. Since enterprise-wide technological transformation takes place across industries, there is a need to protect the digital assets against data breaches making companies fully secure is becoming more crucial than ever.
The demand for security professionals has increased in all industry sectors due to the unprecedented rise in the number of cyberattacks. To fight this boom, it has become important to train an adequate number of professionals to fill in the gap in cybersecurity skills until 2020.
Digging into the details, the 10 highest-paid job titles in cybersecurity were analyzed by the company “Indeed” and the results presented in their blog post.
In the U.S., the highest-paid cybersecurity position is an application security engineer, with an average salary of $128,128. These engineers are responsible to review and test the apps’ source code.
In contrast, a director of information security has an average salary of $127,855 per year. People in this position have a lot of responsibility — they work on the development, implementation, and operation of information security systems at a company-wide level.
Following closely this subject, the table below presents the top-paying cybersecurity jobs in the U.S.
It is estimated that the job growth in the sector is at 37% per year and it will last until 2022 – and that is probably conservative.
While cybersecurity is a generic term, it is actually not as common to see the term in a job title. Jobs that require cybersecurity know-how have a range of titles. The most common titles, according to the SANS Institute Cybersecurity Professional Trends survey, are Security Analyst, Security Engineer or Architect, Security/IT Director or Manager, CISO/CSO, Systems Administrator, Network Architect or Engineer, Forensics Investigator, Auditor, Systems Engineer or Integrator, among quite a few other roles.
Looking at the present cybersecurity landscape, a cyber security certification training course can be the right way to train new candidates and solve, thus, the cybersecurity challenges.
These programs provide cybersecurity professionals with foundational, intermediate, and advanced security skills through industry-leading certification courses, including CompTIA Security+, CEH, CISM, CISSP, and CCSP.
The training course begins with introductory-level cybersecurity skills training, then progresses to advanced cybersecurity technologies such as reverse engineering, penetration testing techniques, and many more.
This kind of training will enable candidates to:
- Implement technical strategies, tools, and techniques to secure data and information for your organization
- Adhere to ethical security behavior for risk analysis and mitigation
- Understand security in cloud computing architecture in depth
- Comprehend legal requirements, privacy issues and audit process methodologies within the cloud environment
- Focus on IT compliance and the integrity of enterprise systems to establish a more secure enterprise IT framework
As a final note it’s crucial to understand that cybersecurity is very obviously a job sector of the future, then, don’t wait longer and start your cyber journey now.
Pedro Tavares is a professional in the field of information security, working as an Ethical Hacker, Malware Analyst, Cybersecurity Analyst and also a Security Evangelist. He is also a founding member at CSIRT.UBI and Editor-in-Chief of the security computer blog seguranca-informatica.pt.
In recent years he has invested in the field of information security, exploring and analyzing a wide range of topics, such as pentesting (Kali Linux), malware, hacking, cybersecurity, IoT and security in computer networks. He is also Freelance Writer.
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