This year’s list includes entry-level credentials, such as Security+, as well as more advanced certifications, such as the CEH, CISSP, CISM and CISA. We also offer some additional certification options in the last section that cover choices outside our top five, because the field of information security is both wide and varied, with many other options. According to Cyber Seek, more employers are seeking CISA, CISM and CISSP certification holders than there are credential holders which makes these credentials a welcome addition to any certification portfolio.
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Absent from our list of the top five is the SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC). The GSEC is still a very worthy credential, but the job board numbers for the CISA were so solid that it merited a spot in the top five.
Security-related job roles cover a lot of ground, such as information security specialist, security analyst, network security administrator, system administrator (with security as a responsibility) and security engineer, as well as specialized roles like malware engineer, intrusion analyst and penetration tester.
Average salaries for information security specialists and security engineers – two of the most common job roles – vary depending on the source. For example, Simply Hired reports $30,263 for specialist positions, whereas Glassdoor’s national average is almost $68,000. For security engineers, Simply Hired reports almost $95,000, while Glassdoor’s average is more than $131,000, with salaries on the high end reported at $144,000.