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80% of Security Professionals Would Recommend a Career as a Security Analyst to the New Graduates: Exabeam Salary Survey 2018

Posted By - DynamicCISO,

The Exabeam 2018 Cyber Security Professionals Salary and Job Report was released last week. This is based on a global survey of 481 security professionals that was conducted in the month of March 2018. The purpose of the survey is to gain insights into the trends with security professionals’ salaries (focusing on the median range of income earners according to this sample), their education levels, job satisfaction, and attitudes towards innovative and new emerging technologies

Key Salary And Demographic Insights 

  • Salaries in North America are 50-100% higher than reported salaries in Europe or Asia Pacific. Salaries are twice as much in North America as they are in Latin America. 
  • Salaries in the retail sector are the highest, while those in the education and telecommunication sectors are the lowest. While salaries do not continue to increase reliably with increased levels of education, participants with advanced degrees consistently earned more than those with only bachelor’s degrees.
  • Among companies with 101 employees or more, median salary ranges were $75,001-$100,000. Companies with 100 employees or less had median salary ranges of $50,001-$75,000. Participants reporting higher salaries also reported lower job security.

While 40% of the professionals surveyed with bachelor’s and master’s degree were satisfied with their current salary, 16.8% said the people they work with is the most satisfying part of their job. More than 25% of participants said that constant interruptions were the least satisfying part of the job.

Security professionals were found well-educated. Along with a variety of certifications required to secure and retain a job, the majority of participants reported having at least a Bachelor’s degree (72%). Almost 40% reported having completed post-bachelor’s work or an advanced degree. 

In the Survey, 80% of the respondents said that would recommend a career as a security analyst to the new graduates.  

Interestingly, nearly half (46.4%) of the survey respondents reported that they are not currently using AI or machine learning in their jobs, but are planning to utilise them in the future. But an overwhelming majority (75%) agreed that machine learning and AI can make their job better or easier. Only a small percentage (7%) think AI and machine learning could not make their jobs better. Overall, participants believe AI and machine learning can contribute to improved security in their organisation. Most participants, nearly 75%, also do not believe that AI and machine learning area threat to their job security. 

Emerging Technologies 

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR - SIEM, network forensics, DLP, threat detection and incident response, etc.) 

Artificial Intelligence User and Entity Behaviour Analytics (UEBA), (data aggregation and advanced analytics, etc. ) 

Machine Learning Cloud Security (data encryption, infra security, DDoS mitigation, identity & access management, penetration testing, etc.) 

Network Security (monitoring, firewalls, security gateways, SDN, VPN, web security, network segmentation, etc.) 

Blockchain Technologies (encryption to address increased volume and sophistication of cyber threats, etc.) 

Internet of Things (IoT)

The detailed survey report can be accessed by CLICKING THIS LINK

Note: All salaries were converted to U.S. dollars after answering survey questions about salary. The resulting income numbers do not represent regional differences in income and cost of living, which can be a significant factor when evaluating salary.

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