New threats are constantly emerging, putting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of a company’s information at risk. Organizations of all types need IT professionals who can protect them from security breaches.1
So what are the employment prospects in Information Technology Security? We have researched the average salary and job growth rates for some common jobs in computer security.
Our report focuses on the average salaries and growth rates in the United States due to the availability of data. We would love to hear about the IT security salaries and job prospects around the world, so leave a comment.
The jobs we have profiled are:
- Chief Information Security Officer
- Security Manager
- Security Administrator
- Security Technician
- Penetration Tester
- Security Architect
- Network Security Engineer
1. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Job Description: Reports directly to top level management. Responsibilities include the assessment, management, and implementation of security.
Average Salary US2 : $140,000
Job Growth US4 : -5%
2. Security Manager
Job Description: Reports to CISO and supervises technician, administrators, and staff. Responsibilities include understanding and implementing programs of CISO. Requirements include an understanding of configuration and operation of systems.
Average Salary US3 : $89,000
Job Growth US6: -10%
3. Security Administrator
Job Description: Operates between security manager and security technicians. Responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations of security technology. Also may analyze and design specific security solutions with end user in mind.
Average Salary US2 : $64,000
Job Growth US5 : 18%
4. Security Technician
Job Description: Generally this is an entry-level position. Responsibilities include providing technical support and trouble-shooting problems. Also, installs and configures software and hardware.
Average Salary US2 : $40,000
Job Growth US6 : -5%
5. System, network, and/or web penetration tester (Certified Ethical Hacker)
Job Description: Characterized as an ethical hacker or cracker. Responsibilities include understanding how systems can be penetrated and misused.
Average Salary US3 : $70,000
Job Growth US : 10%
6. Security Architect
Job Description: Works with all technology experts in the organization. Responsibilities include designing the overall enterprise level security solution.
Average Salary US4 : $97,000
Job Growth US5 : 21%
7. Network Security Engineer
Job Description: A network security engineer reports to the security manager. Responsibilities include developing, maintain, and troubleshoot various information technology security systems. Analyzes log files, configures IT security software/hardware, and prepares security statistical reports.
Average Salary US6 : $85,000
Job Growth US6 : -6%
1. http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/career/article.php/3857676, Where Will the IT Jobs be in 2010?
2. Security + Guide to Network Security and Fundamentals, Third Edition, M. Ciampa
5. Department of Labor, www.bls.gov