Salaries for most information security professionals are continuing to trend upward as demand
increases, particularly for technical skills. According to the latest figures from recruitment
specialist Acumin, the skills most in demand are in application security and security architecture.
Demand for application security skills is related to an increasing number of organisations doing
business on e-commerce platforms and using applications on mobile devices that need to be locked
down. Skills in incident management, incident response, and security information and event
management (SIEM) are also among the most sought-after as organisations see an increase in attacks.
"These types of skills are in huge demand. They are also the hardest to find, and have consequently
seen the greatest increases in remuneration," said Chris Batten, joint managing director of Acumin.
The highest demand is for skills in application security and security architecture "Anything
relating to incident management: reverse engineering of malware, the response to incidents, the
forensic analysis of the network and post-incident analysis. We are finding that organisations are
really gearing up, including consultancies," he said. Perhaps the only exceptions to the upward
salary trend,have been at the senior end, where there are more candidates on the market, but the
drop-off has been has been fairly slight. The rise and fall of IT security salaries Demand is
highest for middle-range candidates, where salaries have been driven by a lack of supply, which
Batten ascribes in part to the decline in the number of UK engineering graduates in the past three
to four years. Not only is demand for information security increasing as it becomes more embedded
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