10 Best Jobs in Information Security

Information security is one of the fastest-growing career fields. The industry is constantly and rapidly evolving, making it difficult to plan a career. While it would be hard to go wrong with any career in the information security field, some stand out for a host of reasons. These careers are among the most interesting, exciting, rewarding and opportunity-rich options in the industry today.

Please note: All salary information is based on U.S. national averages according to payscale.com at the time this article was written.

These individuals try to predict the future. No, they don’t use a crystal ball: they use in-depth research and technical analysis of networks and computer systems in an attempt to understand when and how potential threats may arise.

Threat intelligence analysts work with companies, law enforcement and the government to help prevent cyberattacks. It’s easy to think of threat analysts as being similar to penetration testers, but they usually don’t carry out tests. Instead, they use research and psychological insight to prevent attacks.

Avg. Salary: $66,606

Application security engineers are software developers that specialize in auditing and revising application code for optimal security. It’s entirely possible, and all too common, that applications aren’t coded in the most efficient and secure way possible. An attacker can use an exploit resulting from insecure code to gain all sorts of information from an application or even hijack it. Application security engineers work to ensure that this can’t happen.

These engineers usually come from a strong programming background and often have a computer science degree. They know multiple programming languages well and are deeply familiar with engineering and design patterns.

Avg. Salary: $68,284

Computer forensics experts are the CSIs of the tech world. They investigate computer systems to uncover evidence of cybercrime. Computer forensics experts can work with (Read more...)

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