The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a hot topic in the tech industry for quite some time, and it's not going anywhere any time soon. Last month, this blog examined this oncoming trend, as Gartner predicted that the IoT would lead to an increase in IT security needs. One month later, we're beginning to see this take shape.
InfoWorld contributor Bill Snyder discussed this topic at length in a recent article. While he remains skeptical of the projected explosive growth of IoT-connected devices — he said the projected growth curve looks like a hockey stick — he has seen a positive impact on the IT security job market and there does appear to be a correlation between IoT growth and security needs.
"Hockey-stick charts aside, there is a growing demand for security professionals. Security-related certifications are becoming more valuable as technology vendors like Cisco Systems move to make those certifications more reflective of the current threat environment," he wrote. "There are more than 7,000 security-related jobs posted on Dice.com — an all-time high — and pay premiums for eight security-related certifications increased by more than 10 percent in the second quarter of the year."
Snyder's information comes from Foote Partners, which states that average pay in this area has increased every quarter for over a year. This is good news for aspiring professionals, and it puts pressure on VARs and MSPs — who are tasked with helping organizations with security needs stemming from IoT — to find the best possible talent. VAR Staffing can help by identifying and recruiting these individuals.