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The Demand for Certified IT Security Professionals Is on the Rise


Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in IT careers, network security and more:

  • According to the “2013 IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report”, the need for Certified Incident Handlers grew 22% in the past quarter. Other IT security certifications that increased in demand are Firewall Analyst (20%), Forensics Examiner (16.7%) and Intrusion Analyst (10%). IT professionals who acquire these Global Information Assurance Certification certifications can expect to receive higher salaries. For more highlights from the “2013 IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report”, see IT World.
  • The value of the global deep packet inspection (DPI) market is expected to increase from USD $585.7 million in 2012 to USD $3.8 billion in 2018. According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, this represents a compound annual growth rate of 36.6%. The demand for DPI is driven by the “increasing number of broadband users across the globe, increased mobile device penetration in the market and the increasing competitive pressure across network operators.” The DPI report’s press release states that DPI can help in a number of sectors, including “enterprise data security, law enforcement, traffic prioritization” and anti-terrorism. Mobile operators can use DPI to help troubleshoot at a subscriber and device level and can also use the data collected for upselling opportunities. DPI can also be used for targeted advertising wherein the web browsing habits of a subscriber are monitored, thus gaining insights into the subscriber’s interests.” For more information, download the “Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends and Forecast 2012 – 2018” report.
  • Hackers may unleash zero-day exploits when Microsoft retires XP. According to Computerworld, 33%-34% of the world’s PCs still run Microsoft XP, and these systems could be at a much greater risk for zero-day exploits once Microsoft stops patching XP on April 8, 2014. The article quoted Jason Fossen, principal security consultant at Enclave Consulting LLC, who believes that hackers are banking the exploits until they can sell them to criminals at high rates. For more information on XP zero-day exploits, see Computerworld.
  • Don’t rush into mobility. An article on the Business 2 Community blog states that enterprises are turning to mobility for benefits such as enhanced productivity, efficiencies and security. Although many enterprises may want to hurry up to achieve these benefits, the article warns that “if a mobility strategy is implemented too quickly and without proper strategic thought, it could result in many regrets as problems surface and troubleshooting becomes the norm.” For advice on how to succeed with enterprise mobility, see Business 2 Community.
  • And finally … here’s something funny for your Monday. Funny or Die’s “Drunk History” has been going viral. In the series, a person gets drunk and discusses a historical event. In this episode the narrator downed a six-pack of beer and half a bottle of absinthe and discussed Tesla. It’s the story of Tesla as you’ve never heard it before! WARNING: The clip is not for the faint of stomach and not appropriate to view at work. Enjoy!

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