May 30, 2017
Working in information security industry is definitely an out of the world experience. Considering the evolving intelligence of cyber terrorists and attackers, it is not a surprise that the field of cyber security is booming. This field is an exciting and rapidly growing career choice for individuals who have an inane interest in playing the big cyber hero and protect us, the internet users, and our data against a host of evolving threats. Many reports come up every year that state the job demand and growth graph covering several career fields. Most of the prominent reports reveal that jobs in information security across varied industries have grown to 75% between the years 2007 and 2015; this is twice the rate of other IT jobs. Furthermore, it is predicted that the figures are going to increase in the next several years, may be by 37%. All these predictive analysis concludes few things: the demand curve is not going to come down, today and may be tomorrow information security is going to be the highest paying IT job, career opportunities in this sector is immense. However, the field’s vastness also complicates the process of selecting a specific career path at the same time. Therefore, considering the pros and cons, the size and pay scale, we have gathered here top 10 highest paying jobs in information security around the world. 1. C ISO (Chief Information Security Officer) A CISO is a level III managerial designation who has a variety of roles to play. However, his primary work is to control overall operations of an IT security department and other departments connected to it. The CISO foremost vision is an effective and smooth cyber security system in an organization. To become a chief Information security officer a candidate should possess a sound knowledge in IT strategy and IT security architecture . Individuals who aspire to become a CISO must also demonstrate people, communication and leadership skills which they are expected to use during team work, motivating and guiding subordinates, recruiting security experts and also when dealing with other organizational executives, federal agencies and similar officers depending upon his nature of work. Average Salary of a CISO is $ 131, 322 PA. Candidates in larger organizations can make as much as $240,000 a year. 2. Security Architect Security architects are primarily responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the entire computer and network security system of an organization. This is a senior level role and requires the officer to develop comprehensive knowledge of a company’s security and networking needs. The knowledge should be utilised in developing and testing stringent cyber security structure to protect the IT systems. Furthermore, security architectures are also required to possess a diverse technical skills including but not limited to ISO 27001/27002, COBIT frameworks, ITIL, perimeter control security, risk assessment procedures and various operating systems. Those who are on the lower end of the job earn around $84,000 PA and the highest paying security architect make around $16,000 PA approximately. 3. Security Director Security Directors’ roles and responsibilities include design, manage and allocate resources to different security projects within an organization IT department, develop user awareness and security compliance education programs, possess leadership skills to interact and communicate with non-management employees and offer valuable inputs to law enforcements in the event of investigation and crime incidents. In short a security director is level II managerial position whose primary role is to direct the entire implementation of IT security measures. Security Directors and CISOs have similar education backgrounds with respect to IT architecture and security strategies. Security directors assume the role of CISO in smaller organizations and directly report to them in bigger corporates. The salary of security directors in jobs in information security varies between $66, 000 to $180,000. 4. Security Manager Security managers are mid-level management employees whose job responsibilities involve creating and executing security strategies developed by security directors and/or CISOs. Security managers work on the inputs of the senior level employees and should possess leadership skills, communication and presentation skills and strong interpersonal skills to fulfil the prerequisites of the job. They also are in charge of managing an organization’s IT policies and should also know to test and implement new tools, create and lead cyber security awareness campaigns, create budgets and designate staffs. They should have a sound knowledge in programming, IT architecture and strategy. They make an average salary of $100, 215 PA. 5. Security Engineer Security engineers are also mid-level management employees, whose roles and responsibilities include configuring firewalls, testing new tools and security solutions and investigating intrusion incidents which are few of the major duties of building and maintaining IT security solutions within an organization. The security engineer directly reports to the security manager and is expected to run errands and projects developed by the higher level managers including system architects and CISO. Candidates who are looking for security engineer positions must demonstrate strong information technology background including but not limited to virtualization security, hacking cyber terrorism systems, application and encryption technology, penetrating and vulnerability testing, and experience in different network and web related protocols. They should also have knowledge in various security tools and concepts so that they can assist in troubleshoots, which arise in organisation’s security systems. Minimum pay scale of a security engineer is $58,000 PA and they can earn as much as $128, 000 a year depending upon the industry they are in. 6. Incident Responder Incident Responders are appointed to address and solve various security incidents, threats, attacks and vulnerabilities that take place in an organization. People who are recruited for this jobs role thrive to actively monitor company network for intrusions, perform security auditing and penetrating testing, conduct malware analysis, execute reverse engineering, and create several design measures that help minimise damage of intrusions and make sure such intrusions doesn’t repeat again. Incident Responders work with the CSIRTs (Computer Security Incident Responder Team) and report to CSIRT managers. They should be familiar with a vast number of interpersonal and technical skills such as communication skills, web-based application security, and forensic software and eDiscovery tools. Incident Responders earn between $50, 000 to $ 150, 000 with an average pay out of $85,000. 7. Security Consultants Organizations hire security consultants to help them implement best IT solutions according to company security needs. Security consultants work outside the company and are usually freelancers. They give their valuable insights and expertise to the employees in the organization. Security consultants possess a variety of expertise in security standards, security systems and authentication protocols. They should also be willing to develop intricate picture of the organization, its IT structure and its management principles which they are working with, so as to triumph in the field. Their work also includes but not limited to interviewing management executives and familiarising with organizations company policies so that they can then use the analysis in developing a set of security tools that fit the organizational needs. Security consultants usually can earn upto $147,000 a year, depending upon the industry they are serving in. 8. Computer Forensics Expert Computer Forensics Experts work closely with litigation agencies to gather evidences for legal cases, curate technical reports, offer expert testimony in case trials and train people from the law enforcement in computer evidence tactics. They are also responsible for collecting, scrutinising and analysing evidences obtained from computers, network servers and other data storage devices to investigate crimes that arise from cyber hacking and terrorism. These experts serve in a variety of organizations including law enforcement, legal firms, and different statures and levels of government companies. Candidates interested in this career path must know varied computer languages, operating systems, eDiscovery tools, forensic software and cryptography principles. The average pay-out of a computer forensic expert is $77, 204. 9. Malware Analyst The job of a Malware Analyst is very interesting as they help organizations realize and understand the threats that loom over their computer network such as Trojans, viruses, worms, bots and other malicious software. The analysts work with computer forensic experts and incident reporters in the event of any suspicious network behaviour, cyber-attack, or intrusion. They work together to dislodge any malicious program that may have caused the attacks. Their works involve static and dynamic analysis of apprehensive codes and develop security protection tools that help protect organizations from future intrusions. Malware Analysts earn $75,000 PA on an average and their pay scale can up to $100000 PA. 10. Security Specialist Security specialists are entry to mid-level management employees whose roles and responsibilities involve running through a variety of security measures to strengthen the security of the company, to analyse security requirements, install and configure security solutions on corporate networks, perform vulnerability tests, train employees in security awareness and help senior level managers in cybercrime projects. Candidates who are interested in jobs in information security , security specialist in particular should demonstrate knowledge in ethical hacking , programming, computer networking, SIEM and operating systems. Their average pay scale is $74,000 aprox. PA. **the salary details are obtained from www.payscale.com .