Swings-and-roundabouts year for info security pros

More than half of information security professionals received salary increases in 2009, according to the surveyed for the (ISC)2 2010 Career Impact Survey, while less than five per cent of participants lost their jobs.

(ISC)2, the not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals, found that globally, 52.8 per cent (47.9 per cent in EMEA) of those surveyed received salary increases in 2009. Less than 11 per cent (9.8 per cent in EMEA) of respondents saw their salaries and/or benefits cut, while 4.8 per cent (4.1 per cent in EMEA) were actually laid-off by their employers.

Of the 800-plus respondents who identified themselves as having ‘recruitment responsibilities’, 53.3 per cent (55.2 per cent in EMEA) said that they ‘were looking to hire permanent and/or contract employees in 2010’. Of those hiring, 40 per cent (28.2 per cent in EMEA) said that they will be recruiting ‘three or more information security professionals this year (2010)’. In the EMEA region, this represents a significant improvement over the 2008 survey, when 43 per cent of hiring managers said they expected to be hiring in the second half of 2009, and just 11 per cent would be recruiting three or more new or contractor employees.

Over 90 per cent of hiring managers globally and in EMEA said the biggest challenges were ‘finding candidates with the right skills and the right amount of experience’. The hiring managers surveyed in EMEA said that they were ‘looking for candidates with specific skills’ in these top five categories: operations security; information risk management; security management practices; telecommunications and network security; and ISO/IEC 17799 (Code of Practice for Information Security Management).

About half of the respondents (51.1 per cent globally; 48 per cent in EMEA) saw their information security budgets decrease somewhat or significantly in 2009; 47.5 per cent expect no change in their budgets for 2010.

The 2010 Career Impact Survey was conducted from December 2009 to January 2010 with 2,980 respondents from 80 countries to gain insights into how the economic downturn affected the profession in 2009 and gauge the 2010 outlook. Nearly 3,000 security professionals, about 600 residing in the EMEA region and 150 from the United Kingdom, participated.

More details:
http://www.isc2.org/uploadedFiles/surveys/2010 Career Impact Survey

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