Career Trends Survey 2010 Results

Career Trends Survey 2010 Results
Which will be the most coveted information security jobs in 2010?

How will professionals grow their skills?

What are the minimum academic and professional requirements for information security professionals and leaders today?

These are among the key questions posed by the first annual Information Security Today Career Trends survey. Register for this webinar for insight and analysis on where the jobs are and what's required to fill them in 2010. Featuring:

  • Overview of survey results;
  • Panel discussion by industry experts on information security career trends.


Led by President Obama, the U.S. has embraced cybersecurity as a national priority, and as such the nation's businesses, academic institutions and government agencies are focused as never before on information security and assurance. There is no better time to benchmark information security careers. And, frankly, there might not be a better time to start - or re-start - one.

There are three key findings from this inaugural study:

Risk Management, Cybersecurity, Fraud/Forensics are Top Priorities - No matter how you ask the question - "What skills are required?" "What training will you seek?" "What are the top 3 concerns for CISOs?" - the answer consistently comes back to risk management, cybersecurity and fraud/forensics investigations. These topics emerge among the top choices of skills, studies and job opportunities. The challenge for 2010 is developing these competencies sufficiently within organizations - a task that ties directly into the other two key findings below.

Information Security Professionals Want New Skills - and Organizations Will Foot the Bill - Conventional wisdom is that when economic times get tough, training budgets take the biggest hit. But survey results tell a different story: a whopping 79% of their organizations continue to fund that training at least partially. This is a strong testament to the commitment to grow information security careers. But it comes with a caveat: When asked what their biggest obstacle is to attaining new skills, 47% of respondents say "too much work."

Schools, Professional Groups Stand to Benefit in 2010 - Committed to growing their professional competencies, information security professionals will invest their time and resources in certifications bodies, professional organization and academic institutions in 2010. The message to academic institutions and professional organizations: There is a critical mass of eager students looking to improve their skills and advance their careers, and it is up to you to 1) Differentiate yourself from your competitors, and 2) Meet the needs of these professionals on their terms.

Register for this webinar for insights and analysis on each of our major survey categories, including:

  • Education - 23% of respondents say a graduate degree is now the minimum requirement for entering the information security profession;
  • Background Checks - At a time when we're continually told that we're at greatest risk of insider crimes, only 26% of respondents say they have undergone a background check in the past five years.
  • Leadership - Asked where senior security leaders are recruited, only 34% of respondents say "promoted from within." 46% say their leaders are recruited externally.

Following the overview of survey results, Tom Field, Editorial Director of Information Security Media Group, will conclude with a panel discussion among industry experts on how to approach career trends in 2010.

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