Magazine article Security Management

Certifications and Soft Skills Equal High Pay. (Tech Talk)

Magazine article Security Management

Certifications and Soft Skills Equal High Pay. (Tech Talk)

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Despite last year's struggling economy, bonus pay for many information security professionals has continuously increased over the past six quarters, according to David Foote, president of the Web research group Foote Partners LLC. Foote explained that those with technical certifications related to project management, database management, and security have seen the biggest increases in bonuses since the fourth quarter of 2000. This research, which is presented quarterly by Foote's company, used a sample of almost 30,000 IT professionals from a wide range of industries and government agencies.

Foote said that the highest paying certifications (in terms of bonus pay provided) are Project Management Professional (PMP), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), and GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GIAC is the Global Information Assurance Certification, which is offered by the SANS Institute). He also noted that many companies have become reluctant to pay bonuses to junior staff or inexperienced members, preferring instead to use available funds to give bonuses to top-tier "impact" workers. …

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