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6 Hot And Sought-After IT Security Skills

What companies and government agencies are really looking for in today's IT security professional

2. Compliance know-how.

Security pros are expected to know their employers' regulatory environments, too, whether it's PCI DSS or HIPAA. "Governance and regulatory positions have a big match, as well," Kushner says. He says he's seeing more jobs looking for expertise in the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) framework for the secure exchange or storage of personal health and financial information.

Any qualifications and experience related to securing customer data, whether it's data leakage prevention or database security skills, are hot, Kushner says. Another growing area is assessing the risk of third-party partnerships, he says. "Assessing the risk of third parties falls into governance, compliance, and risk...the job orders we receive seem to be a mix of all of that."

That means knowing which security gear the organization needs and where it should go based on HIPPA requirements, for example. "That's a dynamic change" in security jobs, notes Cisco's Bump.

One of the top job openings in federal government agencies and contractor firms today is the information security and assurance expert, according to ClearanceJobs.com's Lesser. These jobs include the DoD's new Certified Ethical Hacker certification for penetration testing, he says.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

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