What is the future for cyber security jobs?

In a growing field such as the IT industry, cyber security stands out as a particularly fast-growing sector. this of course is reflected in the growth off security employment.

The Fundamentals

Cyber security, also known as computer security and information technology security, consist of the protection of computer networks and systems from information leakage, malicious data manipulation, and other threats. As our computer networks become more advanced and sophisticated, they also offer up more vulnerabilities. We have seen this in the last several years in the form of massive data breaches in global corporations and also more recently around national election campaigns. There is little doubt today that cyber security is a top priority in the world of IT. This explains the exceptional growth that computer security has experienced in the last few years and is slated to continue into 2030 and beyond.

Cybersecurity market growth

According to a recent report by MarketsandMarkets™, the worldwide computer security market is projected to grow from USD 217.9 Billion in 2021 to USD 345.4 Billion by 2026.  that is a growth rate of close to 10% per year over those five years which makes it one of the fastest growing sectors of the IT industry, and industry known for solid growth. This growth has its roots in the type all spectacular data breaches that’s some global companies have experienced over the last decade or so. As an example, the 2013 breach of Adobe’s computer systems where hackers were able to steal the information of over 3 million consumer credit cards. Another spectacular example is Facebook we’re in 2019 533 million accounts were breached. The hackers got away with phone numbers, account names, Facebook IDs and more. There are dozens more cases of this level of severity. In addition to corporations, the governments are also a driving factor in the growth of this industry. A stark example of that is the 2016 national election campaign that saw, until then, unprecedented breaches of political party email servers and infiltration of social media.

The job market for cybersecurity

Not surprisingly, as a result also above-mentioned factors, the job market for computer security analysts is growing. The US Bureau of Labor statistics is forecasting the growth in the employment off computer security professionals to be astounding 33% between 2020 and 2030. This remarkable growth rate puts the cybersecurity profession at the top in terms of the growth after IT industry. In addition to a healthy growth rate this profession sees good compensation packages. Again, according to US Bureau of Labor statistics, the median annual pay of an IT security analyst is $103,590 (for 2020). The annual salary survey by Certification Magazine (released in 2022) shows a salary range from $70,090 to $154,870.

Getting into this market

Whether you are a seasoned IT security professional or someone who is aspiring to get into this field, you will need credentials to succeed. One of the leading credentials in this field is CompTIA’s Security+ plus certification track. CompTIA is a global sponsor of IT certification programs. These are all vendor neutral certifications with an international reach. The Security+ credential it’s targeted exclusively to computer security professionals. this certification has been made mandatory by US Department of Defense and is highly valued by most of big tech corporations. You will find online free samples of CompTIA Security+ practice test questions and also Security+ exam simulators which can actually help you succeed at this exam.

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