More Companies Hiring IT Security Specialists

IT security specialists are in high demand.

Anyone searching for IT career advice take note: New research shows that in an effort to improve cyber security, more companies are hiring information technology security specialists than ever before.

According to the 2012 Career Impact survey, conducted by the nonprofit (ISC)², 72 percent of businesses hired individuals to improve their information security, and 62 percent said they intend to continue adding those specialists to their workforces.

As the people responsible for implementing computer security policies, IT security specialists play an integral role in any company and are in high demand as more and more businesses move many of their operations online.

IT security specialists recommend and design security policies in addition to implementing the technology needed to prevent breaches in cyber security that could potentially derail a business.

"Even in tough economic times, information security professionals are in high demand by hiring managers and organizations who understand that their skill sets are not only paramount to their organization's ability to conduct business, but also give them a competitive advantage," W. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)², told ITTechNewsDaily.

This trend in hiring is likely to continue as concerns over data and network security grow. According to WANTED Analytics, it is for this very reason that the hiring of IT security specialists increased in both the public and private sectors by 32 percent between 2011 and 2012.

For those pursuing a career in information technology, this is welcome news, although perhaps not wholly unexpected. As companies struggle to find qualified individuals to take care of their cyber security needs, having an IT degree is paramount.

"While it's a very positive sign that this field continues to grow and is somewhat 'recession-proof,' one of the biggest challenges that remains is finding enough of the right people with the appropriate security skills to fill the huge void that exists right now," Tipton told ITTechNewsDaily. "We must continue to build this workforce at an aggressive pace."

Earning an IT security degree will equip would-be professionals with the skills needed to become a part of what is a growing field in a thriving industry.

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