The Career Impact Survey conducted by (ISC)Â², administrators of the CISSP certification, reveals that CIOs and other IT leaders can expect to pay top dollar for IT security professionals over the next several years. The results from (ISC)Â², which has over 80,000 members in more than 135 countries, are from its third survey tracking the impact of the economic climate on cyber security salaries, hiring outlook, budgets, threats and more. More than 2,250 security professionals worldwide participated in the survey, which was conducted in December 2011 and January 2012. "These results from our latest Career Impact Survey demonstrate that even in tough economic times, information security professionals are in high demand by hiring managers and organizations who understand that their skillsets are not only paramount to their organization's ability to conduct business but also give them a competitive advantage," said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director of (ISC)Â². "This data reflects the increase in security breaches we saw throughout 2011 and the fact that organizations, both in the public and private sector, are finally realizing the importance of implementing sound security programs that should be run by experienced and qualified professionals."Â Aggregate results from the survey can be found here
. Here, we highlight 11 findings from the report.