Top Cybersecurity Jobs in Demand

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With a projected talent gap expected to reach 2 million by 2019, industry experts and analysts are scrambling to fill key cybersecurity positions amid advances in cyberattacks. According to Stephen Zafarino, senior director of recruiting at Mondo, “It definitely can be a challenge—demand is extremely high, and supply is very low, so it’s a candidate’s market”. Companies are willing to pay top dollar to invest in the best talent with the right skillset. The top three requested positions employers are most anxious in filling this year include CISO’s, penetration testers, and cybersecurity engineers.

Top Cybersecurity Jobs in Demand

CISO

Chief Information Security Officer is an executive management position responsible for the protection of all data leaving and entering the organization. Keenly focused on directing operations, budget, and strategy of enterprise wide security systems along with the development and enforcement of information security policies and procedures. Most CISOs have a master’s degree in a related Cybersecurity field, much like the MS in Computer Science from Lewis University. Requiring more than technical knowledge and skills, a good CISO must possess a strong background and experience in IT strategy and a thorough understanding of systems wide security along with effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to consult with internal and external third party and governmental agents.

High Priority Functions

  • Management and training of staff
  • Develop and design security systems
  • Manage IT risk evaluations, audits, and security incident investigation

Similar Positions

  • Chief Information Technology Officer (CIO)
  • Information Systems (IS) Security Manager
  • Corporate Security Executive
  • Information Security Director

Salary
Estimated range: 180K-200K (Highest 10%: >250K, Lowest 10%:<150K)
Education

  • BA degree in Computer Science, Cyber Security, or related field
  • Master’s degree with concentration in IT Security (preferred)
  • 7 to 12 years of industry work experience including management
  • CISSP and CISM certifications, widely recognized

Penetration Testers

IT experts uniquely trained to exploit enterprise wide security weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Also known as “ethical hackers”  once threats have been identified, they often provide strategies to correct the issue or provide detailed reports of their discoveries for cybersecurity engineers to fix in order to ensure no external penetration can occur.

High Priority Functions

  • Evaluate security threats of IT Infrastructure by legally “breaking in” to the network
  • Uses different operating systems and hacking tools to perform penetration tests and create new tools and tests
  • Assess gaps in information security compliance

Similar Positions

  • Ethical Hacker
  • Assurance Validator

Salary
Estimated range: 47K-130K, Median: 79K  (10+ years experience: 60K-135K, Median:108K)
Education

  • BA degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, viewed favorably
  • Knowledge of operating systems, software, communications and network protocols.
  • 2 to 4 years of security related work experience
  • CEPT; GPEN, OSCP preferred certifications

Cybersecurity Engineers

This is a highly sought-after IT professional with expertise on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data systems and the data within the system.  An intermediate level position most often handling technical problems are also tasked with building robust security solutions. Many positions require a master’s degree in an IT field such as the MS in Information Assurance from Regis University. Although they make nearly 3 times the national median income for full-time wage earners, other considerations suggest that “It is about the hottest technology, deployed by honorable organizations, for a purpose that is inherently important,” states Jim Duffy, Secretary of Technology at the office of the governor of Virginia.

High Priority Functions

  • Use technical skills to respond to threats and emergency security incidents
  • Supervise changes in software, hardware, facilities, and telecommunications
  • Directly examining computer code bases to eliminate common coding vulnerabilities

Similar Positions

  • Application Security Engineer
  • Information Assurance Security Engineer
  • Web Applications Security Engineer

Salary
Estimated range: 59K-132K, National Average: 96K (10+ years of experience: average 116K)
Education

  • BA degree in Computer Science, Cyber Security, or related field
  • Master’s degree with concentration in IT Security (preferred)
  • 1 to 10 years of security related work experience
  • CISSP; CCNP, or CEH

In an industry that maintains a zero percent unemployment rate and with cyber threats on the rise and damages predicted to cost 6 trillion annually, almost anyone with Cybersecurity experience can and will find employment. To learn more about educational opportunities in cyber, click here.

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Top Cybersecurity Jobs in Demand
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Top Cybersecurity Jobs in Demand
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With a talent gap only projected to get larger, cybersecurity is a field with a lot of opportunity. Find out top cybersecurity jobs are and what they do.

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