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Desperately Seeking Cyber-Security Talent

Desperately Seeking Cyber-Security TalentDesperately Seeking Cyber-Security Talent

IT professionals looking to boost their salaries may want to beef up their security skills, along with related certifications.

Strong Demand for Security ProsStrong Demand for Security Pros

IT decision makers said professionals with experience and certifications in IT security are at the top of their 2016 lists for talent recruitment. The top technologies are cyber-security (43%), cloud computing (38%), IT architecture (35%), network engineering (31%) and network operations (26%).

Skills Shortage in SecuritySkills Shortage in Security

One in three IT decision makers has difficulty finding skilled talent to fill cyber-security positions, while one in five reported difficulty filling cloud-related roles.

Recruitment TroublesRecruitment Troubles

More than 70 percent of the IT decision makers polled said they are having difficulty filling positions in IT security, IT architecture, cloud computing, network engineering and .NET development.

Top CertificationTop Certification

35% of certified IT professionals hold one or more CompTIA certifications. One in four certified respondents hold an A+ certification, one in five hold a Network+ certification and 17% hold a Security+ certification.

Certification LeadersCertification Leaders

Certification leaders include Cisco, with 33% of IT professionals holding at least one Cisco certification, followed by security (30%), Microsoft (30%), and ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and IT service management (19%) certifications.

Higher Salaries for Security SkillsHigher Salaries for Security Skills

Security certifications garner three of the top five salaries reported. Average salaries range from $81,316 for CompTIA Security+ to more than $120,000 for ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and (ISC)2’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) variants.

Rising SalariesRising Salaries

Average salaries increased from $75,889 to $76,865 for IT staff and from $109,165 to $111,167 for IT decision makers.

Building New SkillsBuilding New Skills

75% of IT respondents said they use professional development to build new skills, and half said preparing for a career certification or specialist exam is a top motivator.

Current and Future Skills GapsCurrent and Future Skills Gaps

62% of IT decision makers said their IT teams have measurable skills gaps today or will likely have them within the next two years.

Value in TrainingValue in Training

Six out of 10 IT decision makers said their team members receive company-provided training. A significant majority (65% to 74%, depending on staff size) authorized training for certification or recertification.

Money for Training Is TightMoney for Training Is Tight

More than 45% of those who did not train in the previous year blamed a lack of funds. IT decision makers said the lack of training funds is one of the primary reasons for the skills gaps.