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SANS 2008 Salary and Certification Survey

Posted by Jaime Raphael Licauco, CISSP, GSEC on March 11, 2009

The SANS Salary and Certification Survey which was conducted in November 2008 with a total of 2,120 respondents, came out early last month with the following conclusion:

“Despite the current economy, the demand for qualified information security professionals is predicted to increase through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with formal education and professional certifications have the best opportunities to advance their careers as well as their salaries.

Security threats reached their highest levels in 2008 and are predicted to increase in 2009. With external as well as internal threats, commercial organizations, financial institutions, state and local governments and the military will continue to require qualified information security professionals to protect their systems and data. With an average entry-level (0 – 2 years of experience) salary of $70,807, security professionals are expected to hold a certain level of education, certifications, and experience as well as pursue a variety of informal and formal continuing education efforts to stay current in the industry.”

Check out the SANS 2008 Salary and Certification Survey here.


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