Certification pays for IT security pros

Thursday, 29 August 2002, 10:54 AM EST

IT security professionals were in high demand even before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, and they continue to outpace their IT peers in compensation and bonus pay for certification, according to a recent research study.

Industry regulation, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which has an April 14 deadline for compliance with privacy rules, and high-profile hacker incidents are encouraging more IT workers to pursue security certification to become skilled in intrusion detection or database security, says David Foote, chief research officer at Foote Partner.

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