Cyber Security: The Next Gold Rush?

The Washington Post recently had an article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/pentagon-interest-in-cybersecurity-may-ease-contractors-pain-from-cuts/2012/01/12/gIQAFbPe1P_story.html) that outlined how defense contractors are shifting from military and weapons development to cyber security.  This comes as the Department of Defense plans to cut defense spending dramatically in the next decade.  This is not a surprise to me or others in the computer security arena.  We have seen the shift over the past decade as larger businesses expand their service offerings to include information security. In my opinion, this is not necessarily a positive thing for organizations requiring these services.  When you take companies that already provide numerous services from general information technology (IT), aerospace, missile defense, etc. to whatever the “hot” service is and add information security on top of everything else, something is missing.  Quality, technical expertise, and overall understanding are critical to success and you can only gain the necessary knowledge if information security is your primary focus.  This is the advantage enjoyed by SeNet International and the reason why we can provide the best information security services at a reasonable cost.  With over a decade of experience specifically in information security and countless satisfied customers, we can offer you the best value for information security services.

This same trend toward information security is reflected in the job market.  As the need for information security services has expanded, so has the job market in that field.  Typically, information security jobs have paid higher salaries than general IT jobs.  This is why we have seen an increase in and transition from system administrators to security administrators.  Colleges now have information security-specific programs and students are flocking to them with the hope of landing a high-paying job.  However, this can be a double-edged sword. You will see some bright prospects that went into another field but later migrated to computer security.  You will also see people who are just looking to “get rich quick.” Many of us remember the Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) craze of the early 1990s.  We have a similar scenario today with people thinking that just because they have a CISSP credential, they deserve to make $100,000.  Part of my job involves interviewing job applicants and I can attest that SeNet already has some of the best and brightest employees in the information security field.  Our interview process is very thorough and we look beyond the certifications and the resume to what the individual actually knows and what the individual can actually do.  So, if you are looking for a new and challenging career and not just chasing the next hot field, please send me your resume (gus.fritschie@senet-int.com) and we just may have the opportunity to work together in the future.

Gus Fritschie

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