The unexpected future for IT security professionals !!!!

January 20, 2018

 

Security: the state of being free from danger or threat.  IT security professionals are so dedicated to creating a secure environment that we have redefined the word, attributing the sense that no environment is ever 100% secure.  The degree of security that we strive for is built-in, multi-layered, all-pervasive - so sound and complete that to meet these expectations you’d need an environment that is 101% secure.

IT security is one of the most highly paid professions that exists in the world (according to US News, the average wage of a mid-level information security analyst in 2014 was $88,890).  We take our job so seriously that it defines who we are, not just what we do.  Our sense of social responsibility,  strong morals regarding protecting others, and high ideals regarding levels of acceptability and attention to detail have become part of the new InfoSec job description.  It’s normal for us, at least in regards to CISSP, to sign a Code of Ethics before taking the certification exam.  We gain a sense of comradely with our certified colleagues, knowing that we share this strong sense of respect for the knowledge we’ve acquired and that we all agree not to misuse it in any way.  

 

But what does this mean for our future?  This ultimate state of complete security we strive for each day can’t be far down the road.  Global recognition of the importance of cyber security is clear: with $75.4 billion on InfoSec spending in 2015 (Gartner Market research) and circa 1,988,800 people holding IT security related jobs in 2014 in the US alone - there’s no doubt that individuals, businesses and governments value information security.

 

The nature of technology is to evolve and evolution, especially in technology, is natural.  But facing the knowledge of our imminent extinction may be a little unnerving.  However, if we look back in history, we find evidence that suggests that all is not lost.  Look at the evolution of transportation, for example.  Horses were used for transportation from about 3500BCE (wikipedia) until about the 1920s (in the US), at which point cars began to dominate as the principle form of transportation.  

 

Nonetheless, horses have not completely disappeared from the face of the earth as a result of their no longer being needed as a means of transportation.  Their role, as I anticipate will happen with the role of the InfoSec professional, changed and diminished, they remain important to many people and have played a critical role in the development of societies.  (warfare: warriors on horseback have distinct combat advantages; work: they are still used to plow fields, haul goods, herd cattle and more; status & spirituality: they are a symbol of wealth and prestige in many societies; sports: humans have developed elaborate sports around horses’ athletic abilities - polo, hunting, racing, etc.).

 

Source :    from  an interesting article  of  Giuseppe Canale - CISSP 
 

 

 

 

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