A number of IT security skills certifications requiring candidates to pass exams have sharply gained in terms of demand and pay value, according to a new Foote Partners report.
The "2013 IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report" is based on the tracking of the demand for a wide range of IT skills at 2,496 private and public-sector U.S. and Canadian employers for a total of 151,864 IT professionals.
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For the second quarter, seven IT security certifications gained 10 percent or more in market value in terms of demand from the previous quarter, according to Foote Partners. David Foote, chief analyst and research officer, says obtaining certifications in IT skills typically means the worker's pay gets a boost, often as a bonus for having been certified for certain skills through training and passing an exam of some type.
Foote Partners tracks 61 separate IT security certifications overall, and over the past three months five of the seven hottest are produced by the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) organization, which is affiliated with SANS Institute for training.
The five GIAC certifications singled out are:
- Certified Incident Handler, which spiked 22.2 percent in demand according to the companies reporting to Foote Partners. Foote says which typically translates into a 1 to 2 percent pay bonus to the employee holding the security certification.
- Certified Firewall Analyst, rising 20 percent.
- Certified Forensics Examiner, up 16.7 percent.
- Certified Intrusion Analyst, up 10 percent.
- Certified Forensics Analyst, up 10 percent.
Two other IT security certifications were also considered valuable in terms of boosting pay during the past three months.
One of them is the CWNP Certified Wireless Security Professional certification, up 16 percent, from the Certified Wireless Network Professional organization.
The other is the Infosys Security Engineering Professional certification, known as the as the ISSEP/CISSP certification, and which is up 10 percent. It recognizes advanced security engineering and was designed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) in coordination with the U.S. National Security Agency.