Given a surge in digital threats like cryptominers, ransomware, and DDoS attacks, it is no surprise that the field of information security is booming. Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that there will be 1.5 million job openings across the industry in 2019 up from one million in 2016. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 37 percent increase in Information Security Analyst positions alone between 2012 and 2022.

Such growth makes information security an exciting and lucrative career choice. At the same time, the industry’s expansiveness complicates the process of selecting a specific career path.

To make it easier for aspiring security professionals, here are 10 of the top highest-paying infosec jobs based on overall pay grade.

#10: Incident Responder

An Incident Responder is one who is responsible for addressing security incidents, threats and vulnerabilities that arise in an organization.

Individuals who aspire to become Incident Responders must be prepared to actively monitor organization networks for intrusions, perform security audits and penetration testing, conduct malware analysis and reverse engineering, and design measures that not only minimize the damage of a given incident but that also prevent a similar intrusion from ever happening again. Incident Responders are typically members of a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) and so report to a CSIRT Manager. They should be familiar with a wide range of skills, including web-based application security, eDiscovery tools and forensic software.

Incident Responders make a median salary between $70,217. Overall, they can expect to earn between $48,557 and $105,171, reveals PayScale.

#9: Security Specialist

A Security Specialist is an entry- to mid-level employee who is responsible for completing a variety of duties designed to strengthen the security of an organization.

Oftentimes, Security Specialists are required to analyze the security requirements of an organization’s (Read more...)