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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

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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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  1. ^ two million (image-store.slidesharecdn.com)
  2. ^ CyberSeek (cyberseek.org)
  3. ^ Indeed (www.indeed.com)
  4. ^ major data breaches (www.informationisbeautiful.net)
  5. ^ Recent research (b2me.cisco.com)
  6. ^ sell for $5 (www.wsbtv.com)
  7. ^ Bluestone Recruiting (bluestonerecruiting.com)
  8. ^ 72,670 (www.bls.gov)
  9. ^ 88,880 (www.bls.gov)
  10. ^ $6,500 premium (burning-glass.com)
  11. ^ @JeffKauflin (www.twitter.com)

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These are the extra security measures which will be in place for the Champions League final

It will be the biggest security operation undertaken in Cardiff, with extra officers being shipped in to help. The Champions League final on June 3 will be a huge undertaking for the city’s police who have warned there will be “significant” disruption for people living or working in Cardiff. Since Uefa said the final would be in Cardiff1, there have been devastating terror attacks across the world.

It means there will large security measures in place around Cardiff for the final. Fans who travelled to Euro 20162 will know the sort of measures expected, including frequent security searches and armed police on the streets.

Security perimeter

A huge security fence was put in place for the Nato summit in 2014

In Cardiff, a security perimeter will be put in place around the Principality Stadium. Only those with tickets or valid accreditation will be allowed to access the areas next to the stadium on June 3.

Police

Police keep watch near Cardiff Castle during the NATO Summit

There will be more police on streets and what’s been described as an “unprecedented” security operation with a focus on “hostile vehicle mitigation”. The FAW say that normal policing will be maintained and Neighbourhood Officers will continue their daily duties, patrolling the area protecting and reassuring local communities but that there will be more officers on the street.

Restrictions on water travel

There will be restrictions on water travel during the event

As part of the security measures restrictions will be placed on water travel along the River Taff and inside the Bay area. Organisers say they have spoken to all those affected.

Roads

There will be a large impact on roads, particularly the M4 and significant road closures across the city centre. There will also be an impact in Cardiff Bay because of the festival taking place there between June 1 and June 4.

Organisers have warned there will be “significant and unavoidable congestion at certain times”. They advise using public transport but say cycle parking will be impacted so people should not cycle on the day of the final.

References

  1. ^ Cardiff (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ Euro 2016 (www.walesonline.co.uk)