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The Fast-Growing Job With A Huge Skills Gap: Cyber Security

The Fast-Growing Job With A Huge Skills Gap: Cyber Security


Some experts predict there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019.

Behind every new hack or data breach, there s a company scrambling to put out the fire . That s good news for job seekers with cyber security skills . Employers can t hire them fast enough.

The ISACA, a non-profit information security advocacy group, predicts there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019 . Every year in the U.S., 40,000 jobs for information security analysts go unfilled, and employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other cyber-security related roles, according to cyber security data tool CyberSeek . And for every ten cyber security job ads that appear on careers site Indeed3, only seven people even click on one of the ads, let alone apply. 12

It s easy to see why these jobs are in demand . I know I ve lost count of major data breaches, and the stakes for companies are high. Recent research by Cisco showed that 29% of breached organizations lost revenue . And breaches can impact companies of all types, from large corporations to small hospitals . On the black market, health care records reportedly sell for $5 apiece. 456

One of the most in-demand cyber security roles is security analyst, says Bill Bonifacic, who leads the cyber security practice at staffing firm Bluestone Recruiting . Security analysts work to prevent and mitigate breaches on the ground .

In 2012 there were 72,670 security analyst jobs in the U.S., with median earnings of $86,170 . Three years later, there were 88,880 such analysts making $90,120.789

Another hot job is security manager, says Bonifacic . Security managers develop and implement overarching processes to keep information private .

Often you ll need a professional certification to be considered for such a role, like a CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) or CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).

Compensation for the most senior roles in cyber security, like chief information security officer, can reach $400,000, says Bonifacic . Cyber security jobs commanded a $6,500 premium over other IT jobs in a 2015 study by analytics firm Burning Glass. 10

If you re interested in a cyber security career, where should you look ? Large health care, financial and global manufacturing firms need armies of cyber security professionals, according to Bonifacic, as do professional services firms like Deloitte and EY.

And what type of experience stands out on a resume ?

If you re coming from a large company that hasn t been in the news for a data breach, that bodes well . Abbott, a health care firm with 75,000 employees that makes medical devices and pharmaceuticals, falls into this category . Bonifacic says, If you were running security at Abbott, you re going to do very well.

Follow me on Twitter @JeffKauflin11 or email me at jkauflinatforbesdotcom.


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Haitians vote in landmark elections on Sunday as security tightened

PORT-AU-PRINCE Haitians go the polls on Sunday in landmark elections for president, parliament and mayors that officials hope will cement democracy in the hemisphere’s poorest country.

More than five million registered voters will choose from 54 presidential candidates who appear on the crammed ballot with facial images, party logos and an accompanying party number to help a vast illiterate population.

If all goes smoothly it will be first time in Haiti’s rocky political history that three democratic elections have been held in succession without interruption by fraud or armed rebellion.

The successor to President Michel Martelly next February is expected to be one of two candidates, Jovenel Mo se, owner of a banana exporting business in the north of the country, and Jude C lestin, a Swiss-educated mechanical engineer who previously headed a government construction agency.

Mo se, 37, represents the ruling Parti Haitien Tet Kale (Haitian Party of Bald Heads) named after Martelly’s famously smooth scalp.

He is running neck and neck in polls with C lestin, 53, who heads the LAPEH Party (Alternative League for Progress and Emancipation of Haiti).

A runoff for the presidential race between the top two candidates is scheduled for Dec 27.

Martelly, a popular singer, shook up the political order with his election victory in 2011 as the country was still reeling from a devastating earthquake . But critics say he failed to halt to corruption and political infighting, which has held back foreign investment.

Security is being tightened after violence disrupted voting in August during the first round of legislative elections.

On that occasion Haiti s 12,000 strong National Police proved woefully inadequate to handle gangs of rival political activists who attacked polling stations.

A longstanding U.N . security force in Haiti is also at its lowest level in a decade, down to just 2,600 police and 2,370 military personnel.

Widespread distrust of the electoral council, the body tasked with organising the elections, has also fuelled fears of renewed violence.

The sheer number of candidates could be a recipe for chaos with more than 100 political accredited parties entitled to have a poll watcher at every polling centre.

The poll watchers are official representatives of the political parties sent to polling stations to watch for fraud .

Many voters complain they amount to nothing more than paid thugs sent to intimidate voters into selecting certain candidates.

(Writing by David Adams; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore1)


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Four Israeli cities, citing security, ban Arab workers from schools

Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes near the border between Israel and Central Gaza Strip October 17, 2015.

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JERUSALEM At least four Israeli cities, including the commercial capital Tel Aviv, have temporarily banned Arab labourers from working in their schools as they struggle to calm public fears fuelled by the worst surge of Palestinian street attacks in years.

Israel’s cabinet also imposed more security measures on Sunday after further Palestinian stabbings this weekend, widening police stop-and-frisk powers that will effectively allow them to search anyone on the street.

A party representing Israel’s Arab minority called the municipalities’ edicts “racist”.

Israel’s Interior Ministry, which oversees the municipalities, said it appealed to “all mayors to continue to act with respect and equality towards all their workers, irrespective of religion, ethnicity or gender” . It did not ask them to repeal the restrictions.

Forty-one Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in recent street violence, which was in part triggered by Palestinians’ anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound.

“We are preserving the status quo, we will continue to do so,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks on Sunday to his cabinet, referring to the site that is also revered by Jews as the location of two destroyed biblical temples.

Netanyahu is to meet U.S . Secretary of State John Kerry in Germany in the coming week as part of an effort by Washington to restore calm .

Kerry also plans to hold talks in the Middle East with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but no precise location has been announced.

The Palestinian dead include attackers wielding knives and protesters shot by Israeli forces during violent demonstrations . The Israelis were killed in random attacks in the street or on buses, and with parents demanding swift action to safeguard schools, cities have added more armed guards at their gates and police have increased patrols.

Citing security concerns, Tel Aviv and the nearby cities of Rehovot and Hod Hasharon avoided using the word “Arab” in announcing on their websites and emails to residents that maintenance workers and cleaners – many of whom are Arabs – would not be allowed into schools.


Another city, Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, said “minority members” – a term Jews in Israel often use for Arab citizens who make up 20 percent of the population of eight million – would be banned from working in its schools.

Dov Khenin, a legislator from the Joint Arab List, the largest Arab party, said on Israel Radio that “under cover of anxiety, dangerous measures of racist exclusion are being advanced”.

Spokesmen for Tel Aviv and Rehovot said Jews as well as Arabs would be covered by the temporary ban.

“Owing to the sensitive situation, the municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa will not permit the entry of construction workers and labourers – Jews and Arabs alike – to educational institutions for on-going work,” city spokeswoman Gali Avni-Orenstein said in an email to Reuters.

But Doron Milberg, director-general of the municipality of Rehovot, which said its own ban on labourers also applied to Jews, acknowledged that Arabs would be most affected by the decision because “those who work in construction .. . are the minorities”.

Two of the alleged assailants in attacks on Israelis over the past two weeks were Israeli Arabs .

The others were Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel, which has poured hundreds of troops into its cities and set up roadblocks in Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem, said that on Saturday four Palestinians were shot dead and a fifth seriously injured in thwarted knife attacks.

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for an end to violence in the Holy Land, urging Israelis and Palestinians to take concrete steps to ease tensions.

“At this moment there is a need for much courage and much fortitude to say ‘no’ to hatred and vendettas and to make gestures of peace,” he told tens of thousands of people after a mass in St .

Peter’s Square.

(Additional reporting by Dan Williams1; Editing by Gareth Jones2)


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