Cybersecurity is one of the hottest areas in IT. A never-ending stream of ransomware attacks, endless phishing attempts, and hackers constantly sniffing around the perimeter looking for weaknesses – all this is creating a state of panic in IT departments. No wonder they pay so well for cybersecurity positions.
Here are five top cybersecurity job trends in the market:
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1. Outsourcing security to MSPs
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have proven themselves since the start of the pandemic. They often enjoy double-digit year-over-year growth, and we will continue to see that growth even if the pandemic ends.
“Many other small businesses now recognize the need for 24/7/365 operations, but won’t have the headcount or budget for full-time employees,” said Neal Dennis, threat intelligence specialist, Cyware.
“MSPs and derivatives are the easy button to address both new compliance requirements and cybersecurity deficits.”
2. What degree?
Previously, you needed a degree in computer science or a master’s or doctorate. to get a job in cybersecurity. Not anymore.
“In cybersecurity jobs, education requirements are now a thing of the past,” said Laura Durfee, Director of Talent Acquisition, DNS filter.
“Today, highly skilled technical positions no longer require a college degree or higher. Instead, employers prioritize real-world skills and experience over classroom time. It’s more about the passion, desire, and personalities that have the interest and drive to work in the field, not the PhD and certifications.
“A bonus of this is that less emphasis on traditional backgrounds creates a more diverse and inclusive cybersecurity workforce.”
3. Safety Skills for Remote Work
The dynamics, demands and expectations of workers and workplaces have changed over the past few years.
As a result, cybersecurity specialists supporting large organizations face a changing workforce and are tasked with giving employees the flexibility to work from anywhere on critical projects, while protecting data from the company. They must acquire the necessary skills to secure a network perimeter that is no longer well defined.
“The adoption of secure SD-WAN, NAC, and wireless technologies is helping accelerate adoption of the new normal,” said Aamir Lakhani, cybersecurity researcher and practitioner at Fortinet FortiGuard Labs.
“Many positions that required a multitude of cybersecurity specialists in the field for penetration testing, threat hunting, forensics, and more have evolved into positions available for remote work or minimal trips.”
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4. Get Certified
Although practical skills have become more important than academic qualifications, certifications still matter. The annual list of “Top Paying IT Certifications” from Global knowledge includes the most popular certifications. The main ones are related to the cloud, as well as several to cybersecurity:
- Certified in Risk Management and Information Systems (CRISC)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Certified Information Security Manager for (CISM)
Each earns an average salary of around $150,000 a year as organizations battle to stay ahead of cybercriminals.
Obtaining one of these qualifications is a good way to acquire skills that will allow you to move up the career ladder. Anyone who takes these courses learns to identify, assess and manage IT risks. They also learn the latest ways to implement defensive and corrective measures. And they are more proficient in soft skills, such as how to communicate safety to executives and non-technical staff.
Having one of these certificates can help secure a position, such as security manager, security manager, security engineer, security analyst, or security architect.
5. Threat intelligence skills
According Foote Partners‘ “IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index”, a number of high-demand cyber skills, including threat intelligence.
“These computer skills are among those that earn the highest salary premiums,” said David Foote, analyst at Foote Partners.
“Risk analysis leverages structured and unstructured internal and external data to model scenarios and outcomes, providing insights into areas such as fraud risk, market risk, IT risk, and financial risk. The resulting information provides an organization with a plethora of benefits for security, business continuity, and competitive advantage.
Those venturing into threat intelligence and risk analysis should master artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) technologies. Anyone trained in cybersecurity, threat intelligence, AI and ML will be highly sought after in the job market.