November 18, 2011
Wages for those in the IT security field are expected to increase in 2012 by 4.5 percent, according to a survey released November 15 by Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals.
The study indicated that of all those working in the IT field, employees in the security field should see the greatest increases. However, IT salaries as a whole should go up by three percent in 2012, reported eWeek.com.
"A common feature of high-demand jobs is a large degree of specialization," Robert Half Executive Director John Reed said in eWeek.
One of the reasons for the increase in IT security wages is due to the need for trained employees to help prevent security breaches, according to GovInfoSecurity.com. Also, more employees are expected to access work applications and data from mobile devices, creating an additional need to ensure that systems are secure. This trend is often referred to as cloud computing, which is the tendency to use multiple online devices, such as an iPhone, home computer, work computer and tablet to access information instead of just one stationary PC as might have been more traditional in the past.
Security professionals are also needed to analyze risk and to help develop overarching security programs.
"This (realization) alone has led to increased job openings and hires in IT security," Reed said as quoted by GovInfoSecurity.com.
The study also revealed another important piece of data crucial to the IT security field: 24 percent of chief information officers indicated security was their top concern.
The Robert Half Technology survey looked at 70 occupations in the IT field and collected data on six specific information security positions, including those for chief security officers, data security analysts and network security administrators.
Some of the wage increases and base salary ranges for 2012 that are anticipated in three of these occupations include Information system security managers (4.1 percent, $104,500 to $143,500); Chief security officers (3.9 percent, $115,000 to $172,250) and Network security engineers (3.8 percent, $88,500 to $116,750).
Job growth is also expected to occur in other related IT occupational fields. For example, the accounting and finance professions could see starting salaries increase by 3.5 percent in 2012, according to El Paso Inc.
"Businesses seek professionals who can help them enhance their technology and accounting infrastructures," Max Messmer, Robert Half's chairman and CEO, was quoted as saying in El Paso Inc. "For many firms, the question isn't whether to implement improvements but how quickly they can find the talent to do so."
Compiled by Maggie O'Neill
"IT Security & Network Security News," eweek.com, November 16, 2011, Fahmida Rashid
"IT Security Salaries Seen Rising in 2012," govinfosecurity.com, November 15, 2011, Upasana Gupta
"Staffing Firm Releases 2012 Salary Guides," elpasoinc.com, November 14, 2011