6 Hot And Sought-After IT Security Skills

6 Hot And Sought-After IT Security Skills
6 Hot And Sought-After IT Security Skills 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
May 13, 2010

The IT security job market is booming -- but that doesn't mean everyone 
is automatically getting a job, or the right job. And just like the 
threat landscape is rapidly evolving, so are the qualifications and 
qualities needed for positions in the security profession.

There's a conundrum between supply and demand: Employers are looking for 
security candidates who can fill a specific need, such as incident 
response or risk management, while security pros on the job hunt want to 
build on their existing skills and advance their careers. "But employers 
don't want to hire someone to get experience on their dime," says Lee 
Kushner, president of LJ Kushner and Associates, an IT security 
recruitment firm.

"In general, there are more qualified people than jobs. And in specific 
terms, there are fewer qualified candidates for the jobs people are 
hiring for," says Kushner, who also co-founded

Getting the right person for the job is as difficult as getting the 
right job. According to a report by Booz Allen Hamilton last year, only 
40 percent of government managers say they are satisfied with the 
quality of applicants they're seeing for federal IT security jobs, and 
only 30 percent are happy with the number of applicants.

And employers are looking for security pros who specialize in specific 
security disciplines. The days of the Certified Information Systems 
Security Professional (CISSP) certification guaranteeing employment are 
over, security career experts say. Security jobs are becoming more 
specialized, so a general cert doesn't carry the same weight it once 
did. "CISSP used to be a must-have. Now it's more of a 'nice-to-have,'" 
says David Bump, portfolio manager for security certifications for Cisco 
Systems' Learning@Cisco program.


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