Why a career in cybersecurity could be your best move yet

Why cybersecurity will give you a well-paid job for lifeThe widely discussed shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals continues to be a problem across all industries in the US.

James Trainor, acting assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, recently said that the cybersecurity industry needed to “double or triple” its workforce to address the increase in data breaches.

According to ISACA’s 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report, 86% of business and IT professionals believe there is a shortage of cyber security professionals

There’s never been a better time to enter this booming market. Here are a few more reasons to consider developing your career:

  1. You’ll be in high demand

Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that there are currently “more than 209,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the US, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years”.

The BLS also estimates that the job market for information security analysts – which includes cyber security professionals – will grow 37% by 2022.

The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report estimated that there is a global shortage of one million information security professionals.

  1. Salaries are high

As competition for skilled staff increases, salaries are inevitably rising to attract the best candidates – often beyond levels that smaller organizations can afford – causing unusually high levels of staff turnover and bringing instability to the sector.

Salaries for information technology security professionals range from $60,000 to $70,000 for entry-level jobs. […] The labor bureau reported that the median salary in 2012 was $86,170. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,960, the top 10 percent more than $135,600.

James Stanger, senior director of products for CompTIA, said the trick to being a competitive hire is to have a college degree, certification, and experience.

“I’ve seen people with professional expertise coming in without college degrees and do well. But, in general, you need all three,” Stanger said.

  1. You’ll have a job for life – as long as the Internet is here, you’ll be needed

Cyber threats continue to increase, our reliance on the Internet continues to increase, and, as the Internet of Things takes off, the number of devices connected to the Internet continues to increase. It stands to reason that cybersecurity jobs will continue to increase, too.

Getting a cybersecurity qualification to kick-start your career

ISO 27001 is the internationally recognized cybersecurity standard. By obtaining an ISO 27001 qualification you’ll demonstrate to your current and future employers that you take data security seriously and understand cybersecurity best practice.

There are three main qualifications available:

New to ISO 27001? Take the one-day ISO 27001 Foundation Live Online course and develop your understanding of the Standard.

Implementing ISO 27001? Take the ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Live Online course to fully understand how to plan, implement, and maintain an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS.

Auditing ISO 27001? Take the ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Live Online course and qualify to plan and execute an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS audit.