SANS 2008 Salary & Certification Survey

SANS Salary surveyCRISIS ? What Crisis ?

This could have been the alternative title to the 2008 Salary & Certification Survey released by SANS today.

There are plenty of reasons not to be afraid of security job cuts or market slowdown in the year ahead according to SANS respondents. Information security will continue to be a critical business concern, if just for compliance reasons alone.

The SANS  report is structured in 5 sections : Demographics, Salary, Certifications, Continuing Education and a Twelve-month Outlook .

The 12 months planned technology deployments I found very useful as it confirms me that 2009 a year of consolidation more than expansion, not to mention that more than 25% of the respondents intend to implement SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) and of course I’m happy for ArcSight 🙂

Here are a few highlights of the report :

    • Salaries for information security professionals are high. Over 38% of respondents earn US $100,000 or more per year.

    • 41% of the respondents said their organizations use certifications as a factor when determining salary increases.

    • The overall mean funding for training was US $2,854 per year with a median of US $2,000 per year.

    • Digital forensics, intrusion detection, and penetration testing are the technical topics respondents are most interested in learning in 2009.

    • As of late November 2008, just over 79% of respondents forecast no information security personnel reductions in the next 12 months.

    • Over 25% of respondents plan to deploy the following technologies in 2009:

      • Configuration Management
      • SIEM (Security Information and Event Management)
      • Storage Security
      • Wireless Security Solutions
    • The best places to find an information security position are in the metro areas of Las Vegas, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; and Washington, DC.

What more can I say : Viva las Vegas! and let’s all hope that things will get better soon! 🙂

Download the report here (PDF)

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