Here’s another quick post on an article I’ve been meaning to mention for the last month or so. It falls under the “2012 prediction” category so referencing it now still seems relevant. Plus it follows nicely with yesterday’s post on the hottest security jobs but is more focused on salary. I’ve added some commentary to the main points I pulled out just for the fun of it.
In summary …
- Infosec salaries should rise by an average by 4.5%. [grecs: Yet those CEOs are getting 20%+ pay increases. Also my insurance premiums are still increasing by that same 20% so I guess I’ll be 15.5% in the hole for 2012. But on the other hand … at least we should be getting raises.]
- There are lots of positions but not enough skilled people. [grecs: Good for us I guess … but it may also pollute our profession with people that don’t really “care” as much about infosec and are just doing it for the money.]
- Data security analysts is THE hot security job for the next year. [grecs: Nice general title to mention there… It could mean almost anything.]
- CISSP and Security+ certificates continue to be the most in demand. [grecs: When with the OSCP get some respect?]
- Application, mobile, cloud and virtual security will also be big. [grecs: Yeah, guess that makes sense … since it’s been the same way for the past several years … well maybe except for mobile.]
Good news for information security professionals: Expect salaries to increase by an average of 4.5% in 2012. Pay for chief security officers, meanwhile, is expected to increase by 3.9%.
Those predictions come by way of staffing agency Robert Half Technology, which last week released its 2012 Salary Guide, which details technology industry salary and hiring trends.
The report predicts that for 2012, many security jobs will be in high demand, especially for midlevel and senior roles. “Data security and protection, especially in industries such as banking and healthcare, will continue to be an in-demand area within technology,” according to the report. “In fact, 24% of CIOs polled by our firm cited security as their top professional concern.”
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