New research shows businesses are beefing up on their IT security specialists, in the wake of increased high-profile cyber security breaches.
72 percent of businesses hired new employees last year specifically for their information security skills. This was found out in a Career Impact study by (ISC) 2, a nonprofit organization representing security specialists worldwide.
Sixty-two percent of businesses reported they are looking to hire additional information security employees by the end of 2015.
This is a report which reflects the fact that organizations, both in the public and private sector, are finally realizing the importance of implementing sound security programs that should be run by experienced and qualified professionals.
Even in tough economic times, information security professionals are in high demand by hiring managers and organizations who understand that their skill sets are not only paramount to their organization's ability to conduct business.
Many organizations are doing more to reward the qualified employees they already have on staff as demand for IT security specialist’s increases.
Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed received a salary increase in 2011, with 55 percent expecting another raise in 2012, now expecting a much more increase in 2015.
One of the biggest challenges that remain is finding enough of the right people with the appropriate security skills to fill the huge void that exists right now.
Top skills hiring managers are looking for include operations security practices, access control systems/methodology, security architecture/models, risk management, telecom/network security, applications/system development security and cloud/virtualization.