Dear Cat: I was laid off some time ago and need some insight into what’s hot in IT. Any ideas? Thanks. Brian.
Okay, Brian, one word: Security. The federal government’s becoming increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of its networks.
The Department of Defense alone has spent $100 million over six months to repair the damage from cyber attacks. The Wall Street Journal says DoD logged 360 million hacking attempts in 2008, up from 6 million in 2006.
In May, the White House released a cyberspace policy review that proposed a number of measures to bolster security, suggesting centralization of security efforts, and the creation of partnerships with the private sector and academia to coordinate its ultimate security objectives.
And, the report recommends investment in processes, technologies, and infrastructure that will help prevent security breaches and other incidents.
So: Where will the government invest? Will new jobs be created? Who’ll get them?
Well, security experts are sitting pretty. Industry observers say the demand for tech professionals skilled in information security is greater than ever, both in government and in the private sector.
At least for the foreseeable future, developing those skills looks like a very good career investment.
While IT and security used to be two separate groups, today they’re often merged on the corporate organization chart.
This means nearly every IT job now requires some level of security knowledge. Two hot areas right now: Web application security and compliance automation. Good areas to brush up on.
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