IDC: Cybersecurity worker ranks to grow

Security offers better pay and better prospects

The number of cybersecurity professionals is projected to grow at an annual compound rate of nearly 14% from now until 2008, according to a November 2004 study. The Information Security Workforce Study, conducted by IDC for the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, projects that the number of information security professionals worldwide will be 2.1 million in 2008, up from 1.3 million currently.

The survey of 5,371 full-time information security professionals in 80 countries found that 97% of respondents had moderate to very high expectations for career growth. Security professionals also have experienced growth in job prospects, career advancement, higher base salaries and salary premiums for certification at faster rates than other areas.

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