Unless you’ve been living abroad for the past year, chances are you’ve heard about the high profile security breaches causing companies such as, Target, Home Depot and Michaels, to shine a brighter spotlight on IT security this past year. While protecting sensitive data and privacy has always been at the top of CIOs priority lists, the growth of cyber threats has led many organizations to make protecting consumer information and financial data an even greater focus. Consider that North America received 11 percent more incidents of cyber security breaches in 2014 than the year before.
In fact, Gartner predicts that IT security will reach $76.9 billion in 2015. And, a recent article in Infoworld reported 46 percent of IT leaders will invest more in intrusion prevention and virus protection this year.
This trend is fueling a growing demand for a wide range of IT security professionals, particularly as we see more convergence between data-privacy and security. The influx of mobile devices, social media utilization, and big data are making it more challenging to protect against security breaches, while personal and professional information is getting more difficult to separate.
IT professionals who can understand security-related data that’s being mined from multiple sources will be in high demand for years to come. Also enjoying promising career prospects are IT security workers with the business acumen to understand business-prioritized risks, ability to discern isolated issues from patterns, and communicate these risks in an effective way.
More in-demand skills next year will be Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), network security engineers, security administrators, and systems security analyst. For IT workers serious about boosting career prospects and specializing in security, a solid first step is to gain certifications such as, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP). VisionIT has an established partnership with The Learning Center (TLC), one of the top IT certification programs in the nation. TLC offers a range of ISC2 Cyber Security trainings and certifications among others.