[ISN] Security jobs on the rise
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Fri Dec 24 03:17:06 EST 2004
By Grant Gross
IDG News Service
While IT employment numbers may be lagging, there is a glimmer of
hope. The number of cybersecurity professionals is projected to grow
at an annual compound rate of nearly 14% from now until 2008,
according to a study released in November.
"The Information Security Workforce Study," conducted by IDC (a sister
company of CIO's publisher) for the International Information Systems
Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, projects that the number
of information security professionals worldwide will be 2.1 million in
2008, up from 1.3 million currently.
The survey of 5,371 full-time information security professionals in 80
countries found that 97% of respondents had moderate to very high
expectations for career growth. Security professionals have also
experienced growth in job prospects, career advancement, higher base
salaries and salary premiums for certification at faster rates than
other areas of IT.
The survey results speak to the growing importance of information
security, which "is beginning to be recognized more broadly as an
enterprisewide area," says James R. Wade, a member of (ISC)2's board
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