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The recent uptick in high-profile data thefts is making cybersecurity a top concern for companies of all sizes. Demand for IT and cybersecurity talent keeps growing, and opportunity abounds. Cyber pros across the country are now making an average of $107,172 a year.
IT Talent in High Demand
Cyber-attacks have been increasing 27% year over year.
With Capital One and Equifax being just two recent examples of consumer data being compromised, public agencies and companies across all sectors are ramping up hiring for IT and cybersecurity talent. According to a recent report by Cisco, 5 million new IT jobs will be added globally from 2017 to 2027.
These include cybersecurity experts, database engineers, help desk analysts, and countless other professionals who build, use, and maintain our technology infrastructure.
For cybersecurity in particular, Monster.com reports a rare 0% unemployment rate.
But no matter your official IT title, cybersecurity certifications and know-how give you an instant edge in any interview.
Cybersecurity Talent Gets Top Dollar
Scoundrels are getting more sophisticated, but so are we.
Brilliant cyber technologists called “ethical hackers” and “penetration testers” get paid mighty well to find and fix vulnerabilities in our networks.
And they deserve every penny.
Around 100 million Americans were affected by the Capital One breach — possibly anyone who submitted a credit application between 2005 and 2019.
“We’re talking about 140,000 social security numbers in the U.S., as well as 80,000 linked bank account numbers,” says CBS Investigative Reporter Anna Werner. With so many customers eligible for compensation, the 2019 breach will cost Capital One $150 million.
The Equifax case cost the credit monitoring service even more — $700 million.
With tolls like these, it’s no surprise cybersecurity specialists bring home an average of $107,172 a year.
(click the image below to see average salary in your state)
You Can Stop Forest Fires
“Anyone with cybersecurity experience can find immediate employment,” says Cybersecurity Ventures Founder Steve Morgan.
For cybersecurity talent, it’s a seller’s market right now.
“With this huge growth in cybercrime, the world is just not able to keep up,” says Morgan. “We just don’t have the cybersecurity talent.”
“Most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place,” adds Security Engineer Rob Sobers.
For many organizations, anything you can do at all would be helpful.
Businesses that collect credit card information, dates of birth, and addresses every day may still have antiquated ways of storing and “protecting” customer data.
Even a basic antivirus/malware program would be a welcome upgrade for some of these well-meaning but digitally clueless enterprises.
CBSN’s Ann Marie Green shared that she also had been a victim of data theft. Same with her co-host, his fiance, and their family members. Luckily, there are vigilant techies out there who can help. The Capital One affair was unearthed by a “good digital Samaritan” who saw the leaked data on a site for coders.
Those interested in joining the ranks of these digital heroes can find training opportunities and join the fight for a safer and more enjoyable internet.