Security Slideshow: Information Security Professionals Are in Demand

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-07-2012

7%

In 2011, a mere 7 percent of respondents were out of work.

7%

70%

70 percent of respondents reported a salary increase in 2011; 55 percent said that they expect a salary jump this year.

70%

72%

72 percent of respondents said that their companies hired new security professionals in 2011.

72%

51%

51 percent of respondents said that their companies plan to hire permanent or contract information security professionals this year.

51%

62%

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.

62%

Top Three Skills (percent respondents)

Understanding of information security concepts (81 percent) Technical skills (76 percent)Directly related experience (72 percent)

Top Three Skills (percent respondents)

Three Most In-Demand Technical Skills (percent respondents)

Operations security (55 percent)Security management practices (52 percent)Access control systems/methodology (51 percent)

Three Most In-Demand Technical Skills (percent respondents)

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)

Additional Technical Skills in Demand (percent respondents)

27%

Just over a quarter of respondents said they saw an increase in layoffs for security professionals in 2011.

27%

30%

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.

30%

56%

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.

56%