If you are interested in IT security, now is a good time to consider a career move. According to the 2011 Information Security and Data Privacy Staffing Survey, which polled 190 organizations in 34 countries, IT security staffing budgets are expected to rise 14% next year. That is good news for those involved in IT security and individuals in the InfoSec field. This increase in funding could not come at a better time.
Earlier this year at the RSA conference, RSA chief Arthur Coviello stated that, “never have the attacks been as targeted, with the aim of breaching one organization as a stepping stone to breaching others.” The last few years have seen a real increase in the rate and magnitude of cyber attacks. While there are several bills in congress slated to address cyber security, there is still much more work to be done. Most of this work will be done by employees and contractors.
If you are interested in making the move to IT security, the best way to start is to increase your security skill set. This can include classroom training, college classes, and reading online security sites and blogs. Some of the areas that I would expect to see growth in include hands-on technical skills, security management practices, risk management, applications development, and cloud security.