By Linda McGlasson
Bank Information Security
December 16, 2008
Amidst the bad tidings of this particular holiday season - bank
closures, market losses and mass layoffs - comes a ray of hope. There
are some good, solid job prospects for banking/security professionals in
Interviews with industry and employment leaders reveal the top growth
areas for job seekers looking to make new moves in information security,
regulatory compliance or even the regulatory agencies.
"Clearly the consolidations and mergers have caused hiring freezes in
many financial services companies, as they try to figure out what's left
after the carnage," says Joyce Brocaglia, CEO and founder of Alta
Associates, a New Jersey-based information security recruitment firm.
"We are still seeing strategic hiring taking place."
"Regulatory and industry requirements are not being forgiven or
overlooked," says David Schneier of Icons Inc., a Princeton, NJ risk
assessment firm. "Regulators have not and will not ease requirements due
to economic conditions." He's also seeing a noticeable spike in criminal
activity via digital pathways and says because of this there will
continue to be a need for experienced information security professionals
across multiple business verticals.
Information security is mission critical, or should be to all companies,
says Tom Silver, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Dice.com, an
Internet job search site specializing in technology and information
security jobs. "On Dice.com, we are still seeing good demand for network
security positions. Companies will continue to be pressed to keep data
private, and network security analysts, CISSP and information security
analysts should be the types of positions that would be deemed critical
regardless of the economic environment."
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