Wow! what a hit it was!
My previous article on 6 reasons why you should NOT work with information security was a block buster, breaking all previous page hits records of this site, and bringing along a deluge of praises, insults, and funny comments. I was called a comedian, an a$$hole, a betrayer and a genius, which definitely tells me that people could relate (either positively or negatively) with the article. That’s certainly a pleasure for any blog writer.
Anyhow, I believe it is now fair to give both the haters and the lovers 6 +1 reasons why you SHOULD work in Information Security, and see what the repercussion will be.
As always, comments and criticism are welcome! I just ask you guys to take it easy when the swearing, because my granny also reads the website…
Now, without further ado, 7 reasons why you should work in Information Security:
7 – Companies started taking Information Security seriously
It’s no news to anyone that huge companies such as Sony, RSA and Facebook indeed were targets of elaborate attacks that caused massive commotion in the media. I have to confess that my CC number was stolen in this Sony hideous case, which definitely eliminated any possibilities of me having any sort of online transactions with them in the future.
Knowing (or not knowing) that they could be the next target, companies started to bring security to the forefront of their challenges, and are seriously addressing problems in a much more conscious and mature way than before. Compliance, regulations and contractual obligations also aid to boost the Information Security landscape. To give you a hand, here are some tips on the best security companies to work for in the information security field.
6 – Salary is good
If you are an IT/Information Security professional, chances are high that you are making the same or more money than most of your friends. If not, it’s just a matter of time (and place, maybe).
The Information Security career is one of the most well paid careers in the market due to the especialization and experience required from these crowd, further aggravated by a generalized lack of qualified professionals. It is known for a fact that by pursuing an information security degree or an IT security certification, your salary will jump to the next bracket. If you haven’t done so, don’t wait anymore.
5 – The field is diverse
Information security can be about cryptography. Or it can be about cross-shredding paper. Or even writing hundred-page long policies and procedures to delight the IT auditor…
Yes, the information security career gives you an almost endless gamut of options and especialities to choose from. And the good thing is, it is possible to deal with all of them on a daily basis! A job like that can surely be defined as exciting certainly keep you interested for years to go!
4 – You will never be unemployed
Either you like it or not, crooks will always exist. And so will web developers. And infosec professionals. I believe that there are 3 professions in this world that will never dwindle: Information Security professionals, Web developers and… you know what.
By following an Information Security career you will certainly find job anywhere in this world either as an employee or as a security contractor (look at me - having travelled across the globe, working for companies in 3 continents, always as an Infosec geek). (Un)fortunately the bad guys and bad web developers who know bollocks about secure coding and these crap (just quoting one of them) will always be around and people will always need us to save the day!