According to a report published by the Washington Post, executives at Trend Micro project that the government will need to hire at least 10,000 cybersecurity experts in the near future—and the private sector will need four times that number.
The same report details a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which found that college students earning degrees in computers and mathematics represented about 6 percent of all graduates. Of those, only 2 percent earned a degree directly related to cybersecurity. Graduates with IT security training will be positioned to fill the surplus of jobs and advance in a field that is steadily expanding.
New IT security careers and positions are constantly being added as the field grows and develops. Current career options include:
- Information Security Crime Investigator/Forensics Expert
- Security Architect
- Risk and Security Assurance Manager
- Malware Analyst
- Network Security Engineer
- Security Consultant
- Information Technology Specialist
- Security Operations Center Analyst
- Vulnerability Researcher/ Exploit Developer
- Security-savvy Software Developer
- Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Analyst/Manager