America Needs More Cyber Crime Warriors
Cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion by 2021, and there aren’t enough cybersecurity workers to douse the fires caused by new, sophisticated attacks targeting business organizations and government agencies.
America needs men and women who are passionate about technology and serving the best interests of their country. Think you have it in you to become a cybercrime warrior?
How much do cybercrime specialists make?
According to Payscale.com, the median annual salary for a forensic computer analyst is $68,967. The median salary of criminal investigators and detectives in general stands at $77,210.
For cybersecurity specialists, the average compensation is a competitive $284,000. In comparison, a primary care physician (PCP)’s average annual compensation is $195,000 (Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2015).
Dice.com’s data reports the following salaries for different cybersecurity roles:
Chief Security Officer: 225,000
Lead Software Security Engineer: $233,333
IT Security Consultant: $198,000
Global Information Security Director: $200,000
Chief Information Security Officer: $192, 500
Quantifying the demand for cybersecurity professionals
- The cybersecurity market is expected to grow to $170 billion by 2020.
- The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report said that over a million openings in this field is concerning in the face of increasing data breaches and online attacks.
- Over 350,000 cybersecurity jobs in the United States are vacant, while postings are up 74%. Demand is expected to grow by 53% through 2018 and 36.5% through 2022.
- According to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the United States employs approximately 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions.
Cybersecurity online courses to explore
- Future Learn’s Cybersecurity 101 – https://www.capella.edu
- University of Maryland http://learn-more.umuc.edu/search/cybersecurity-degree/?marketcode=WB200454&gclid=CI6xw6C98NQCFQEJaQodlF4Lgw&gclsrc=aw.ds
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