Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Global spending for IT Security to reach £25 billion next year


According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the global spending for IT security is to reach £25billion by next year.

It has come to no surprise with the enormous rise of cyber attacks seen around the world. with unending waves of attacks that seem to get more and more difficult to deal with.  Even MI5 is battling "astonishing" levels of cyber-attacks in the UK industry and Symantec has stated in their 2011 report that they recorded thousands of hacking events every second.

Israel is a global leader in this sector and is home to around 200 companies, most of which are important players in the industry. The Israel Institute has stated that the annual export of IT Security is estimated to be worth around £1billion and is predicted to grow 10 – 15%.

Richard Anton, chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) has stated that "The UK is missing a trick by not investing in more Israeli IT security - their technology is world-beating. The US has embraced it and the UK uses it well in the commercial sector but not so much in the government sector", he added that "We certainly have a need for it. Cyberwarfare is real. It's not just stuff in stories."

In a report from the Cabinet Office, British businesses have suffered about £21 billion a year from cyber crime.

In 2010, the government announced plans to allocate £650 million to cyber security as part of its four-year National Cyber Security Programme.

The never ending IT security threats continue to grow, and is having an enormous influence on the demand for security professional. IT security has become the fastest growing sector in the IT industry.

Opportunities in IT security is growing and growing so why not jump on the bandwagon? Get the right security certification and earn on average £50,000. Here are three certs which are highly respected and will guarantee advancement.

Top three security certs

1. CISSP - (ISC)2

CISSP professionals are always in demand and many businesses now require it. It’s one of the key certs employers look for to fill management-level information security positions. Having a CISSP shows that you have a strong knowledge of security concepts and methodologies. This cert is very well known in the IT security community and according to, the average salary for a CISSP professional is £50,000.

2. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) - EC-Council

The CEH certification from the EC-Council is widely recognised as an entry into the hacking world. As an ethical hacker aka (white hat hacker), you’d attempt to penetrate the networks or computers of the organisation you work for. Ethical hackers do this in order to help find and fix the vulnerabilities that would otherwise be exploited by "black hat" criminal hackers.

Demand for CEH professionals continues to grow with the alarming increase in cyber attacks. Organisations are looking for new ways to protect themselves and tighten their security. The CEH course and certification covers all that is needed to identify system vulnerabilities and countermeasures. According to, the average salary for a CEH professional is £40,000.

3. Security+ - CompTIA

Security+ is offered by the world renowned CompTIA. Having this certification shows that you have a strong understanding of security concepts, cryptography, access control, and the tools and procedures to respond to security issues. You’ll also learn about disaster recovery methods, risk management, and compliance and operational security. From the skills gained in this course, y
ou’ll be able to prevent cyber attacks, and effectively deal with security events. The Security+ cert is widely known in the industry and just like CISSP it is often a requirement for the security team - including the U.S Department of Defense’s IT department. According to, the average salary for a Security+ professional is £47,000.

Note, it's worth checking the links to for each of the certs, as average salaries can vary over time. Read the following article to see more of the top IT security certifications:

About the Author:
Julian writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Julian is the companies Digital Marketer.