Security under the gun
Everyone predicted that IT security jobs would be hot after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but the reality is quite the opposite. Would-be employers say that their security budgets are flat, that risk and threats are rising, and that they're being asked to do more with less because of staffing shortfalls elsewhere within their IT organizations.
For example, in addition to network monitoring and intrusion detection, a security analyst might also have the security responsibilities of laid-off Windows NT and Unix administrators, explains David Foote, president and chief research officer at Foote Partners LLC, an IT workforce research firm in New Canaan, Conn.
So rather than focusing on hiring people for their specific security skills, corporate IT managers are looking inside their IT organizations for the right combination of technology and business acumen and then training workers in the ways of computer forensics, intrusion detection and incident response.
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