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CISSP

I've recently been accosted by some certification companies, and it got me to thinking of the future. IT security is a growth industry, with (according to ISC2) has 12 jobs for each qualified applicant. Combine that with a TS clearance with SBI, it seems that CISSP certification might be a good idea. Just thinking of positioning myself for future opportunities, not planning to move again anytime soon (egad, not again!).

So, anyone know the inside scoop on security jobs? Is the work shitty, are the hours crazy, is it a good deal or not? I'm looking at an average salary over *twice* what I make now, and that's something I have a hard time ignoring. Taking care of my family is important, and it seems like the job might be interesting, if or when I get there someday.

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visgoth
Jun. 23rd, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
I have TS/SCI. In the six months after getting my CISSP, my pay increased from 60k to over 87k.

Hours, suckitude, and such depend on the company and the position, and there is a significant demand, at least here in the D.C. area. With a TS/SCI and a CISSP, you would probably get calls to set up interviews within 48 hours of posting your resume to Monster.com. I can't speak for your local market.
andysocial
Jun. 23rd, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
Coolio. Do you see the job market for the IT security positions remaining a boom for a while? I'm looking at something more than a year from now before I even consider a career change, but it's good to be positioned for the IT changes we can foresee.
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