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Cybersecurity Pros Earn $500,000+ per Year

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Cybercriminals can make big bucks. That is if they don’t go to jail. Stopping cybercriminals also pays well. And there’s no jail. Now this would be the perfect place for a snarky remark – except we work with some of the finest cybersecurity pros on the planet and may need them to pick up a lunch tab now and then.


Seth Fitzgerald notes in his piece on (Link to article) that as “the costs associated with data leaks continue to rise, large organizations are finding it more cost effective to hire seasoned IT experts — including some who earn more than $500,000 a year…”

Now hiring

Organizations are looking to put together cybersecurity teams whose mission is to protect customer data. PepsiCo and USAA (United Services Automobile Association) among others are hiring chief information security officers (CISOs), and says Fitzgerald, “paying big money….”

CISO reports to CEO, more teams, more software

Fitzgerald says, “By hiring a CISO who reports directly to the CEO, businesses can ensure a C-suite emphasis on data and network security. These top-level hires may be part of the solution, but more comprehensive cybersecurity teams and software are generally also needed to provide sufficient protection.”

FBI also beefing up cybersecurity

The FBI is in the process of hiring 2000 additional cybercrime professionals.

Store less data. Encrypt more

In addition to having the best available cybersecurity software and experienced anti-cybercrime professionals, Fitzgerald observes that companies should “either store less data so that customers are not put at-risk or they must heavily encrypt data to make any stolen information useless to the criminals.”

1,000,000 cybersecurity positions need filling

Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report says more than one million cybersecurity positions remain unfilled around the world. And, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the information security analyst field to grow by 37 percent through 2020.

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