Cybersecurity Expert – How Much Do They Earn?


As mentioned in many posts that I have written before, cyber security is yet to get the attention they deserve. However, the good thing is that many companies that understand the importance of cyber security are willing to spend money to employed and encourage the building of awareness for cybersecurity.

Isreal Cybersecurity focus

Take Isreal for example, a YouTube video by Vice on HBO show that Isreal is taking cybersecurity seriously and are already on their way to becoming a global leader in cybersecurity. The Prime Minister of Isreal understands the importance of cybersecurity and therefore, in 2015, he set a goal to put Isreal as the top 5 cybersecurity power in the world, and in 2017, he achieved it. 

What does this mean?

This case study shows us something that for those who understand the importance of cybersecurity, they are willing to spend good money to make sure this part is taken care of.

For that reason, it is safe to say that cybersecurity itself will sooner or later become a good business for businessperson or jobseeker. Today, we are going to look into the part of the cybersecurity job (let’s leave the business part for the next post).

Top 5 highest paying cybersecurity role

Application Security Expert

By reading the job description, this role mostly covers the security risk of the application by the company and depends on seniority, many other aspects need to take into consideration other than security. i.e. like how the security features will affect the usability of the application. Common skills required by this role are as below;

  • DevOps/DevSecOps
  • Java, C# or any required programming language
  • Common cybersecurity knowledge
Application Security job from jobstreet.com.my as of 8th Oct 2019

Director of Information Security

With such a title, one must expect to take up the responsibility of making sure that the company’s information is secured. Managing a team of security experts will also be part of the job for this role. Common skills required are as below;

  • Management skills
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity
  • Sensitive toward the latest threats and cybersecurity news
Information security director job from Jobstreet.com.my as of 8th Oct 2019

Security consultant

Collaboration is the key. This role requires the candidate to make a decision with security in mind, but at the same time, make sure the collaboration between each stakeholder is being considered. Common skills required are as below;

  • Critical thinking
  • CISSP, CRISC, CISA, GSEC, GCCC
  • DevSecOps
security consultant job from indeeed.com.my as of 8th Oct 2019

Cloud Engineer

As the title suggests, this role will require the candidate to take care of the cloud. Although it covers mostly everything related to cloud, security is the priority when making a decision in this role. The common skills required for the role will be as below;

  • Cloud IAAS
  • SIEM Solution
  • DNS protection
  • End Point protection Solution
Cloud security job from Jobstreet.com.my as of 8th Oct 2019

Pentester

Penetration testing expert (PenTester) is someone who conducts ethical hacking to their company system. The purpose is to find out the vulnerability of the system before hackers did. The common skills required are as below;

  • Certified Penetration Testing Professional
  • CREST
  • OSCP
  • Python
  • C, C++
Pentester job from jobstreet.com.my as of 8th Oct 2019

Final Verdict

There is an endless possibility when it comes to cybersecurity-related role. And we can only assume that it will get more in demand when even more people aware about the importance of cybersecurity.

Even as of now, there is a shortage of cybersecurity experts which might potentially cost companies hundreds of millions of dollars. So, now is a good time to equip the knowledge of cybersecurity. Visit Info Trek cybersecurity page now for more information. 

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