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Demand for IT security professionals with certifications is hot and does not appear to be cooling down. Whether for federal government organizations, enterprises or small and midsize businesses, several studies reveal a strong demand for security skills.

“Professionals with ‘cyber’ on their resume can command a 20 percent salary premium, as both the public and private sectors are becoming more aggressive in building their security-talent pipeline,” Tom Silver, vice president at online technology job board Dice, said in a statement. “Efforts in cyber-security have been gathering momentum, but they’ve become white-hot in the last 24 months and there is a growing sense of urgency among officials and technology executives.”