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July 2006

What Are You Worth?

Six-figure security jobs have become common. Maybe you should slip this article into your boss's mailbox. For 14 months, candidate after candidate trudged through Andre Gold's office hoping to be offered a coveted position with the Continental Airlines information security team. Gold saw them all during his hunt for talent--CISSPs, CISMs, MSCEs, each with impressive technical chops, but.... "They could not define risk, or they did it by what the CISSP book says," says Gold, director of information security for the airline. "To the business side, it's important to have an entity that can articulate risk in terms of the business. I can find people who write rules and put in firewalls. All I ask them is, 'Why? What's the risk? How will it impact revenue?'" Increasingly, those who can successfully align risk to business processes and communicate that to management are cashing in with lucrative careers in information security, and landing jobs with six-figure salaries, according to most prominent salary surveys. By that measure, Gold...

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