"Three years ago, the iPad was not in play. Now we're hiring experts in our practice who understand the bring-your-own-device and consumerization trends,'' Verma says. ``Everything is in flux with the move to the cloud and mobile devices. It's no longer about managing firewalls for IT security. It's beyond that. It's about how to protect information in the enterprise in an environment that includes cloud applications and tablets.''
All of these trends are prompting CIOs and CISOs to hire experienced security professionals to safeguard their sensitive information. They are particularly concerned about protecting intellectual property from theft by government-sponsored hackers from countries such as China.
"There's certainly a great need in the market, with cybersecurity breaches costing U.S. companies upwards of $400 billion annually in intellectual property theft alone," says Don Hanson, senior vice president with Yoh, an IT staffing agency.
Hanson sees demand for developers who can build secure applications, network engineers with security certifications, and architects who understand how to secure systems and processes. He says there is also a need for IT professionals to be involved with security monitoring, information assurance and regulatory compliance.
"The biggest need is for folks that are working in security with cutting-edge technologies,'' Hanson says. "There are so many mobile devices out there, it's important to add the layer of mobile device management and to understand how that additional layer works."
Hanson says companies are looking to hire IT professionals with experience in security information event management, intrusion detection, data loss prevention and logging systems, as well as those with certifications related to ethical hacking and digital forensics. However, they prefer to hire IT professionals with a big-picture perspective on security issues rather than expertise in only one type of security device.
"It's not so much about any one technology or any one point product," Hanson says. "It's more about a holistic approach to security that companies are taking that includes their policies and assets across their entire information architecture."
The titles for open cybersecurity jobs vary, with the most popular being security engineers, security analysts and security architects. Other organizations favor the terms cybersecurity analysts and information assurance analyst.