The captioned question expands to include other professions associated with computer security. Regardless of the title of the position, the profession is in high demand. Cybersecurity Ventures predict there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021. The cybersecurity jobs forecasts have been unable to keep pace with the dramatic rise in cybercrime, which is predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015.
Cyber attacks are the fastest growing crime in the U.S.
These statistics translate to higher salaries as the demand increases. Here is a look at some of the best paying jobs.
1. Security Architect
This individual is a senior-level employee who is responsible for building and maintaining the computer and network security infrastructure for an organization. They research security standards, security systems, and authentication protocols. They develop requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related network devices.
Median Salary: $120,529
Salary Range: $84,010 – $155,113
2. Cyber Security Engineer
Cybersecurity engineers often come from a technical (computer) background, usually with knowledge of Python and Java. An entry-level Cyber Security Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000. An experienced Engineer with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000. Glass Door website reports the average salary at $138,322.
Median Salary: $92,978
Salary Range: $59,574 – $133,596
3. Information Systems Engineer
The IS Security Engineer is tasked with maintaining a virus-free network, performing regular security testing, and communicating security system protocol to the rest of the company’s employees. Given their wider scope of responsibilities relating to information system security, companies typically hire one or more individuals with this title to ensure effective follow-through with cyber attack prevention and regular security testing.
Median Salary: $91,911
Salary Range: $62,862 – $131,776
4. Security Engineer
This person is often a mid-level employee who is responsible for building and maintaining the IT security solutions of an organization. In this capacity, they configure firewalls, test new security solutions, and investigate intrusion incidents, among other duties, all while reporting to the Security Manager. The job requires a strong technical background in vulnerability and penetrating testing, virtualization security, application and encryption technologies, and network and web-related protocols.
Median Salary: $88,062
Salary Range: $57,456 – $126,118
5. Malware Analyst
They are responsible for helping an organization understand the viruses, worms, bots, Trojans and other malicious software that threaten its network on a daily basis. Malware analysts are specialists in reverse engineering. They can reverse engineer programs, identify a pattern or footprint, and then the analyst can write programs that detect and protect a computer system or mobile devices from infection.
Median Salary: $87,671
Salary Range: $52,156 – $123,963
6. Network Security Engineer
A network security engineer is involved in the provisioning, deployment, configuration, and administration of many different pieces of network- and security-related hardware and software. These include firewalls, routers, switches, various network monitoring tools, and VPNs (virtual private networks). They should have a thorough knowledge and a multi-branched background that should include expertise from the fields of information technology, network and engineering, and information security.
Median Salary: $84,025
Salary Range: $53,774 – $126,474
7. Security Consultant
They must be knowledgeable in a wide range of security standards, security systems, and authentication protocols. They determine the most effective way to protect computers, networks, software, data, and information systems against any possible attacks. Other duties: perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses, and security assessments.
Median Salary: $83,712
Salary Range: $53,810- $131,295
8. Penetration Tester
A penetration tester is a type of network security consultant that tries to break into or find possible exploits in different computer systems and software. You can think of them as a type of ethical hacker. They perform formal penetration tests on web-based applications, networks, and computer systems. In this role, the job requires an understanding of the information technology principles, concepts and techniques to include software languages, design concepts, test methods, and integration practices.
Median Salary: $80,334
Salary Range: $48,883 – $132,019
9. Cyber Security Analyst
The salary is commensurate with the invaluable job responsibilities that focus primarily on protecting and preventing cyber attacks. These are in the form of malware, denial-of-service attacks, viruses, and hacks, on a company’s website and computer networks. Analysts evaluate, design, and implement technical and procedural controls to assure the company’s compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies, and standards. They must also perform risk assessments and execute tests of data processing system to ensure functioning of data processing activities and security measures.
Median Salary: $80,314
Salary Range: $56,000 – $116,000
10. Forensic Computer Analyst (with Computer Security Skills)
They are responsible for analyzing evidence gathered off computers, networks and other data storage devices in an effort to investigate incidents of computer crime. Tasks performed by forensic computer analysts may include handling computer hard drives and storage devices to analyze user patterns. They use different computer programs to recover information from destroyed media devices, and prepare detailed reports after running computer analysis applications.
Median Salary: $79,000
Salary Range: $45,238- $122,870
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