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Would you like to fight computer viruses and online credit card fraud? Then, you should consider becoming an information systems security expert. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the computer systems design and related services industry, including information systems security experts, among the 10 fastest growing industries in the nation. As an information systems security expert, you could evaluate computer systems to identify areas of vulnerability, manage firewalls, protect against intrusion and software viruses.

Education & Career Opportunities in Information Systems Security

Information security systems degree programs offer degrees at all levels, from associate's to master's degrees. Popular concentration areas are computer science, information science, management information systems, and computer engineering. Many workers also possess MBAs with technology concentrations, as well as problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills.

Government, universities and companies increasingly seek certified information systems security consultants to protect networks from intruders. Certifications for information systems security jobs include:

  • Certified Information System Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Fortify Source Code Analyzer (SCA) Professional
  • OSSTMM 3.0 Professional Security Tester (OPST)

In 2008, the median hourly wage of jobs in the computer systems design and related services industry ranged from $16.18 for customer service representatives to $56.79 for managers, according to the BLS.



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