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Security, a hot job category

Security, a hot job category

By Linda Christie

Safeguarding corporate data is a key technology initiative, according to a recent RHI Consulting CIO survey. More than half (58%) of the executives polled said they had increased their network security investment in the past six months.

Today's business networks are "open" business platforms driven by e-business growth due to the following: expansion of mobile workforce and remote offices; increase in external traffic running across corporate LANs to collaborate with customers, business partners, and vendors; and growth of "always on" broadband access.

As a result, the demand for security specialists to deploy and manage firewalls, VPNs, intrusion detection systems and other security measures to protect information assets has far outpaced the supply. "As firms develop and implement new online applications, they must ensure the security and stability of the networks on which information and data reside," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of RHI Consulting, a leading staffing service. "Therefore, as traffic on public networks increases, demand for both Internet development and security experts will continue to grow."

According to 1,400 chief information officers surveyed for the semi-annual RHI Consulting Hot Jobs Report, the salary range for security managers will be $70-$102,750, up 12.7 percent from 2000. Senior security analysts will range from $68-$90,250 and security administrators from $60,500-$84,250. Firewall specialists will receive from $56,750-$82,750.

The study showed that the transportation (39%) and retail industries (29%) are seeing the greatest expansion within the networking category. In addition, it revealed that average starting salaries in the U.S. are expected to increase 8.4 percent over 2000 levels, in Canada 8.2 percent.

You can download a complete copy of the RHI "2001 Salary Guide" that provides salary ranges and other useful recruiting information -- for both job seekers and employers -- at, if you don't mind registering.

Also read "E-security -- The essential e-business enabler, an IDC White Paper," Analysts: Roseann Day, John Daly, and Christian A. Christiansen at

About the author:

Linda Christie is president of Write Solutions, Inc., and a contributing editor to

This was last published in February 2001

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