Security Slideshow: Information Security Professionals Are in DemandBy Don Reisinger | Posted 03-07-2012
In 2011, a mere 7 percent of respondents were out of work.
70 percent of respondents reported a salary increase in 2011; 55 percent said that they expect a salary jump this year.
72 percent of respondents said that their companies hired new security professionals in 2011.
51 percent of respondents said that their companies plan to hire permanent or contract information security professionals this year.
Among those respondents whose companies plan to hire information security pros this year, 62 percent said they'll bring on one or two new hires; 22 percent said their companies plan to hire three or four.
Top Three Skills (percent respondents)
Understanding of information security concepts (81 percent) Technical skills (76 percent)Directly related experience (72 percent)
Three Most In-Demand Technical Skills (percent respondents)
Operations security (55 percent)Security management practices (52 percent)Access control systems/methodology (51 percent)
Additional Technical Skills in Demand (percent respondents)
Security architecture/models (50 percent)Risk management (49 percent)Telecom/network security (45 percent)Applications/systems development security (44 percent)Cloud/virtualization (35 percent)
Just over a quarter of respondents said they saw an increase in layoffs for security professionals in 2011.
30 percent of respondents say that they expect their information security budgets and equipment purchases to increase in 2012, but did not indicate by how much.
56 percent of respondents claim they saw security risks increase in 2011. And 38 percent of those folks said it was due to mobile devices.