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IT Workers Building Security Into Their Career Strategies




IT Workers Building Security Into Their Career Strategies
IT Workers Building Security Into Their Career Strategies



http://www.darkreading.com/security/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=221600343 

By Tim Wilson
DarkReading
Nov 04, 2009 

IT professionals are placing their bets on security as they plot their 
next career moves, according to a new study published earlier today.

The survey of more than 1,500 IT workers, which was conducted by the IT 
trade association CompTIA, found that 37 percent intend to pursue a 
security certification over the next five years. Another 18 percent of 
IT workers said they will seek ethical hacking certifications during the 
same time period, while 13 percent identified forensics as their next 
certification target.

"Given the growing reach of security, with threats becoming more 
pervasive and dangerous and with no business or industry immune to those 
threats, it makes sense that many IT professionals view this as a 
must-have for career advancement," said Terry Erdle, senior vice 
president, skills certifications for CompTIA.

Other technology areas where survey respondents said they will seek new 
certifications over the next five years include green IT, healthcare IT, 
mobile and software-as-a-service.

Economic advancement and personal growth are key drivers for seeking IT 
certifications, the CompTIA study also reveals. Eighty-eight percent of 
certification holders indicated they pursue a certification to enhance 
their resumes. An identical 88 percent said personal growth is a major 
or minor reason in their decision to pursue a certification.

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