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Certification In Cyber Security Rise In Market Value; Job Pay

Being a certified professional with the ability deal in cyber security is becoming more valuable with increased online security breaches and the higher pay such jobs command. “…a median pay premium equivalent to 13 percent of base salary” to be exact.


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ISACA, an international professional association which focuses on IT Governance says its certifications are surging in market value as employers clamor for well-qualified technology professionals, according to new certification pay trend data.

ISACA’s Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification commanded a median pay premium equivalent to 13 percent of base salary in the third quarter of 2016, gaining 18.2 percent in market value for the same period, according to the IT Skills and Certifications Pay IndexTM, which has been published and updated quarterly since 1999 by Foote Partners, LLC. The CRISC certification demonstrates an ability to understand business risk and the technical knowledge to implement appropriate information system controls.

ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) also garnered higher pay premiums than past quarters. The pay index shows 20 percent market value growth in the past three months for CGEIT, which recognizes professionals for their knowledge and application of enterprise IT governance principles and practices.

As Dr. Sanjay Bahl, director general, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT) said at a recently concluded telecom conference, even India as it steps into the digital age is facing some of the highest number of spam and internet security breaches in the world. Some of the losses across the world due to cyber hacks and malicious online attacks will result in a 90 trillion dollar loss by 2030. If these risks are mitigated and online security is tightened not only will it supply jobs for the burgeoning IT graduate numbers but will also result in a 190 trillion dollar gain.

In addition, many employers are willing to pay cash premiums to tech workers who possess high-value tech certifications, according to David Foote, chief analyst at Foote Partners. The premiums are one way employers are coping with tech labor market volatility. Certification pay premiums provide built-in flexibility to react quickly to sudden changes in local market pay levels for hot areas like information security.

“ISACA certifications are doing extremely well right now,” Foote said. “As a group they have gained 15.3 percent in cash market value in the last six months compared to nearly 8 percent growth in pay across all security-related certifications. Top performers most recently are the CRISC and CGEIT certifications.”

Security certifications posted the highest gains among all certifications categories in the latest survey report, which is based on data from 3,000 US and Canadian employers. The CSX Practitioner (CSXP) certification, a vendor-neutral, performance-based certification for cyber security professionals, was recognized as the top professional certification program in the 2016 SC Magazine Awards.

“ISACA’s CSXP certification just appeared for the first time in our research results, earning between 9 percent and 14 percent of base salary in cash premium – very strong numbers for a relatively new certification,” Foote said. “Demand is very strong in general right now for cyber security-related certifications, and ISACA’s entrant reflects this trend.”

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