ISO 27001 jobs in the USA – who, what and where

With ISO 2700 being acknowledged as the global information security management standard, it’s not surprising that ISO 27001 certificates are the key to building a successful career in information security management. Cybersecurity jobs in the US requiring ISO 27001 qualifications start at $70,000 and rise to $120,000 per year.

So how many IT jobs are we talking about?

Recently, I logged into LinkedIn Jobs and typed the obvious search terms “ISO 27001” and “United States.” The results displayed 1285 positions advertised, with 1249 of these being posted in the last month alone. Even assuming that some of these jobs remain unfilled, this could indicate that over 12, 000 new jobs that need ISO 27001 certs may be posted over a 12-month period!

Who needs these people?

The great thing about LinkedIn Jobs is that the positions are usually listed by the companies themselves. You can see that Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, Qualcomm, Bose and McKinsey all require ISO 27001 certificated staff immediately. The sharper-eyed among you will also spot that some fast growing service outsourcing firms such as Pragmatic Ltd and Beyondsoft are looking for over 60 individuals each.

What are these roles?

While the dominant role is that of “Information Security Manager”, it’s very interesting to see vacancies that include roles in Data Center Operations, Product Management, VP Marketing, Sales Manager and Business Analyst.

Where are these firms?

East and west coast companies seem more common and this is consistent with the focus on cyber security and its management in the following industry sectors:

  1. IT technology & services
  2. Financial services (banks/insurance)
  3. Healthcare
  4. Marketing/Data Processing
  5. Law firms
  6. Telco and internet service providers

How can you get started?

The quickest and most effective way to get started on the ISO 27001 journey (and career) is to attend the ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation and Lead Implementer Combination Online training course.

Designed for delegates in the USA, and presented Live Online by ISO 27001 experts, this four-day training session provides a complete introduction to the requirements of ISO 27001, and covers all of the activities required to plan, implement, and maintain an ISO 27001-compliant information security management system (ISMS). It also provides the opportunity for delegates who pass the included examination to obtain their first industry-recognized ISO 27001 qualification.