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November 2003

Q&A: Starting a new career in cybersecurity

Infosecurity analysis is being called the top IT job of the year. Information Security asked Rick Van Luvender, president of InfoSec Academy, what's making security the top job specialty and how does someone get in on the action. Challenger, Gray and Christmas named infosecurity analysis the hottest security job for 2003-2004. What's making it so hot? Businesses are increasingly reliant on information systems to function and, as a result, skilled professionals who are capable of protecting the infrastructure from known and unknown threats. Companies are investing more in people with skills that will offer proactive protection, rather than having to rush to bring in the people after the event. What security skill sets are employers seeking? Generally, the most sought skills can be divided into two categories: the managerial-level security professional and the security-practitioner level. On the managerial level, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium's CISSP is the gold standard certification, ...

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