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InformationWeek Radio: State of Information Security Salaries & Careers
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
5/16/2014 | 9:10:09 AM
salary bubble?
Interesting question. The infosec community has enjoyed healthy salaries due to high demand and a smaller talent pool. But if indeed the search widens to other more available skillsets, could that burst the high-dollar salary bubble?
Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
5/16/2014 | 11:59:56 AM
Re: salary bubble?
I believe the talent pool has remained small due to the skills required for information security.  For example, web application penetration testing requires in depth knowledge of HTML, HTTP, SQL, XML, LDAP, IMAP, SMTP, shell coding, and the knowledge of how to apply it.  Those skills span many different IT disciplines and it takes someone dedicated to be able to learn it.  Unlike other areas of IT you cannot give someone a step by step tutorial on information security, every situation is unique.

I don't see the required skillset of a qualified information security professional becomming easy to obtain in the near future.  As a result, I don't see a large talent pool either.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Ninja
5/16/2014 | 1:19:03 PM
Re: salary bubble?
Is automation the wild card? If the really smart security people build tools that are usable by less skilled people to test for 75% +/- of potential problems, then you free skilled manhours in the same way that hiring LPNs and CNAs fre up RNs for more skilled work. 
Joyce23501
Joyce23501,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/20/2014 | 10:00:51 AM
salaries are likely to rise
I worked in my company's IT Security department for many years.  The required skills are primarily those of network engineering: knowledge of Radius (authentication) servers,  enterprise firewall devices, IP routing, enterprise VPN servers, and intrusion detection devices.    These are all highly specialized areas that are very difficult to learn. 

By comparison, Web development skills are (by comparison) relatively easy to learn.  There is a huge number of people who know how to develop Websites.  This is why salaries for Web development are likely to decline, while salaries for security specialists are likely to keep rising.


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