The demand is much greater for systems architect security engineers, applications developers with security expertise, and ethical hackers with experience in auditing, vulnerability assessment, and penetration testing now than when we could simply use legacy perimeter security solutions to protect these systems, says Irvine.
As cloud computing grows to envelope Big Data and Data Analytics, DR, DevOps, all the X-as-a-Service offerings, and IoT, and as cyber-mafias and unfriendly nation states increase the malicious resources they rain down on enterprise systems, the demand for cloud security gurus with top skills will only increase.
The need for Application Developers with security certifications will continue as enterprises see more breaches due to software vulnerabilities. Developers should consider certifications such as the CSSLP (Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional), the ECSP (Certified Secure Programmer), and the SSD (Secure Software Development), says Irvine.
Even CISOs, CSOs, and IT Security Directors will benefit from acquiring designations such as the CISSP, the CISM, and the CISA, which will help them to provide input at the executive level and to get ownership engaged in the security and accessibility of IT, Irvine explains.
Prepared candidates should hunt jobs in the finance, healthcare, and retail verticals, which are looking for cloud security professionals to fill these kinds of positions. “Their largest concerns are the breach of their systems and the loss of financial information, assets, and personally identifiable information of their clients, partners, and employees,” says Irvine.