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Risk Management

To work in Risk Management provides an array of possible careers one may be apart of, all centered around minimizing the impact should any of these risks come true.

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About the field

  • Job Types

    In Risk Management, one may find themselves being or working with various ranks of Information Officers, Common Control Providers, Information System Security Engineers and Architects.

  • Salary Range

    On average in the U.S, a Security Architect could expect to take home $84,000 as a low estimate while the salary of a Chief Information Officer can range from $157,000 and $262,500.

  • Responsibilities

    Depending on the specific job title, it can range from searching for weaknesses in the system and identifying risks to trying to address the risks and find ways to protect your company.

  • Career Path

    Risk management can cross over with other fields with the aforementioned Security Engineers but as well one can work their way from being just a simple Administator to being a C-level position of CIO or CISO.

Security Engineering

A Security Engineer is entrusted to build and maintain IT security solutions for companies. They’re the go-to for immediate handling of any technical issues that may arise.

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About the field

  • Job Types

    Being a Security Engineer, there more speciality positions like being a Network Security Engineer or other sibling job titles like Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE) and Information Assurance Engineer (ISA).

  • Salary Range

    The national average for a Security Engineer is about $85,000 but for a Security Director it’s a range of between $105,000-$143,000.

  • Responsibilities

    There can be a lot of crossover between the Engineer and Analyst positions, especially in job listings. The Security Engineer often tries to strengthen and fix systems, creating new ways to address any problems.

  • Career Path

    In security engineering, you can move to more managerial positions for career flexibility such as a Security Architect or Consultant and move to a C-level position such as Security Director or CISO.

Security Analysis

Security Analysis is working to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a system and find creative, new ways on plugging these holes in the system.

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About the Field

  • Job Types

    The general role of a Security Analyst can encompass other job titles such as Data Security Analyst, IT security Analyst or Information System Security Analyst.

  • Salary Range

    The median average salary for a Security Analyst about $65,000 while in a career further down the path such as a CISO, it can range from $154,000 to $380,000.

  • Responsibility

    Crossover is bound to happen, but commonly Analysts are seen as trying to break the system rather than only strengthening it and stick with their company to plan, implement and even upgrade security measures.

  • Career Path

    Security Analysts can often cross over into other fields such as to become a Security Engineer or work their way up to become a Security Manager or a C-level position such as a Security Director or CISO.

Ethical Hacking

Ethical Hacking, which can also be referred to as Penetration Testing, are people that get paid to legally hack and improve a company’s security by doing such.

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About the Field

  • Job Types

    While they may be known as a Ethical Hacker or as a Penetration Tester (Pen. Tester), other names such as being an ‘Assurance Validator’ can also be expected.

  • Salary Range

    To start as a Security Administrator has an average pay of about $60,000 while the median salary for Ethical Hackers is around $72,000.

  • Responsibilities

    A Penetration Tester is expected to attempt to compromise a system or simulate a real cyber attack usually, all the while documenting their findings for the company to learn from what may be found. It’s one of the harder jobs to take on but it most definitely pays off.

  • Career Path

    It’s often encouraged to gather experience first as an Administrator of sorts whether for Security, Network or System. From being an Pen. Tester, you can become higher ranks such as a Senior Pen. Tester or have opportunity to move into positions such as a Security Architect or Consultant.

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