The size of the information security analyst workforce in the United States rose by nearly 20 percent in the past year, according to an Information Security Media Group analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
The information security field has done a poor job of attracting and retaining women, contends Jo Stewart-Rattray, international director of ISACA, who emphasizes the need for mentoring as well as salary equity.
Increasingly, as enterprise leaders plan security investments, they think not just about threats and technology, but also how to tie their decisions to business performance. Gartner's Sid Deshpande explains the shift.
The 6-year-old U.S. Cyber Challenge, designed to build interest in cybersecurity careers, is going strong, as participation in its online competition and cyber boot camps continues to grow, says Karen Evans, the organization's national director.
Cybersecurity adviser Patricia Titus, a former CISO, says too many women are leaving the information security field for jobs with less pressure and more work schedule flexibility. So she urges organizations to offer more incentives to attract and retain women in the field.
Luck, timing and execution. Those words have guided Malcolm Harkins' career, and they played a huge role in the longtime Intel security chief departing to be global CISO at Cylance. What are his new challenges?
Dick Williams, CEO of digital security firm Webroot, says the cybersecurity profession needs more than just technical experts. Learn why he says firms will seek out those who can understand the behaviors of cyber-attackers.
The IT security industry must do a much better job of persuading young people with the requisite math and science skills to join the cybersecurity workforce rather than choose another profession, says David Shearer of (ISC)Â².
President Obama has tapped veteran CIO Tony Scott as the top government IT official whose responsibilities include overseeing agencies' compliance with FISMA, the law that governs federal government IT security.
If 2014 was a harbinger of things to come, 2015 will be a banner year for IT security employment. Government statistics show that employment in one segment of the IT security workforce - information security analysts - soared by 42 percent in 2014.