Network Security

Earnings Potential

  • The salary of a Network Security Manager is typically $74,287 per year (Salary.com).
  • Network Security professionals make an average of $85,000 annually (Earthweb.com).
  • New York pays the highest salary to Network Security professionals, averaging around $91,000 a year (Earthweb.com).

Facts at a glance

  • Rapid job growth is projected over the 2004-14 period. 
  • There are many paths of entry to these occupations. 
  • Job prospects should be best for college graduates who are up to date with the latest skills and technologies; certifications and practical experience are essential for persons without degrees.

Summary of what this career entails

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in some organizations, computer security specialists may plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information security. These workers may be called upon to educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor the network for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists has increased in recent years as there has been a large increase in the number of cyber attacks on data and networks. This and other growing specialty occupations reflect an increasing emphasis on client-server applications, the expansion of Internet and intranet applications, and the demand for more end-user support.

Examples and or details of work

According to Jaikumar Vijayan, a writer for ComputerWorld.com, IBM’s Systems i computers have enjoyed a solid respectable reputation for reliability, but users are claiming that poor security practices by IT managers are making systems vulnerable to compromises.

On October 31, 2006, Seagate announced that it plans to lock up laptops. DriveTrust is a new package of security software that includes such safeguards as file and full disk encryption to render data unreadable by users who boot up a machine and don't have a password, as well as multi-factor user authentication.

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the degrees an individual may attain include:

  • A.S. in Computer Networking And Security Management
  • A.S. in Computer Network Engineering
  • A.S. in Network Systems Security
  • B.S. in work Administration
  • M.S. in Computer Information Systems / Security

References

Boulton, Clint. “Seagate Security Looks to Lock Up Laptops” Esecurityplanet.com 31 Oct. 2006. 06 Nov. 2006 http://www.esecurityplanet.com/prevention/article.php/3641046.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Computer Support Specialists and Systems Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos268.htm

EarthWeb.com 2000-2006. 06 Nov. 2006. http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/secu/article.php/622171.

Salary.com. 2000-2006. 06 Nov. 2006. http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/layouthtmls/swzl_compresult_national_IT10000236.html.

Vijayan, Jaikumar. “Users of IBM’s Midrange Line Fall Short on Security Controls” ComputerWorld.com 06 Nov. 2006. 06 Nov. 2006 http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=272196&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top

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