A recent report from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan and the ISC-squared (an information security professional organization) shows that while many individuals already work in this field, plenty of new opportunities should be forthcoming in the years ahead. The technical focus for information security is changing to keep pace with the online audience, too.
In a recent slide show compiled for Channel Insider entitled "The State of the Security Workforce 2011," Ericka Chickowski takes the pulse of infosec in the IT world as per a recent industry survey and study. Among the interesting revelations you'll find in this summary are the following:
Information security certifications like the ISC-squared's CISSP (and the add-on ISSAP, ISSEP, and ISSMP), the ISACA CISA, and even the CompTIA Security+ "starter infosec cert" remain in high demand. Clearly, the more senior security certifications also add to an IT professional's cachet and may open doors to additional responsibilities or employment opportunities. With so many infosec professionals already considering new certs for 2011, my biggest take-away from this report is that anybody who's interested in work the infosec patch had best review his or cert credentials, and start planning to update existing ones or acquire new ones.
For more information on this fascinating subject area, please see my February, 2011 article (co-authored with Mary Kyle) entitled "Choosing the Right Security Certifications for You."