According to CIO magazine, here’s the hot IT jobs (followed by comments by me in italics):
NOTE: IT Auditors, don’t pass over this article!
1. Security specialist/ethical hacker
One specialty, computer forensics, is hot. Forensic labs are almost always behind in their work. Is it due to a lack of good technicians or that forensic folks aren’t cheap? Either answer is good news.
Dan Goodin reports that RBS WorldPay and Heartland Payment Systems are no longer considered Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant by VISA. Both credit card payment processors had recent breaches.
Gartner analyst Avivah Litan, who tracks payment card security, said, “Retailers and other companies are not allowed to do business with processors that are not PCI compliant so this puts all of Heartland’s customers and all of RBS’s customers out of compliance,” she told The Register. “It’s nebulous, as most of PCI enforcement is.”
If you’re PCI compliant, it’s a good time to remind management that compliance isn’t the end of the road. Being compliant does not mean your security is ironclad; it means that you have taken some of the first steps forward. Don’t rest.
More on the PCI Data Security Standard.