If you're looking for a career in network security, you're in luck: these jobs are in high demand, and also they pay you so well. Staffing agency Mondo pegged network security analyst as one of the six highest paying cyber security jobs, claiming they could earn between $90,000 and $150,000 a year. In theory, a network security engineer is more likely to be building out security systems, while a network security analyst is more likely to be tasked with combing through data from network security tools to find trouble. But the reality is that many people with both titles do a little of each, and what you do will hinge more on your job description than your two-word title. For what it's worth, Glassdoor pegs network security analysts as being slightly lower paid; at around $80K a year rather than $82K for network security engineers. But your mileage very much may vary and you should take any salary numbers with a grain of salt.
There are many certifications available to network security engineers, and employers generally desire certifications in the hardware used for the company's technology infrastructure. However, there are some hardware-independent certifications, such as RSA and CISSP; that help ensure that a potential network security engineer is qualified. As is often true in the technology space, several years' experience is often accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
If you are looking for information security jobs, there's a good chance you'll end up in the Washington metropolitan area, New York, or the San Francisco-San Jose metro area and also in metropolitan cities around the globe. The good news is that you'll be paid handsomely, you'll have plenty of extra benefits, and if the job doesn't suit you then you'll have no problem walking into a better one.
Digitization has transformed our world. How we live, work, play, and learn have all changed. Every organization that wants to deliver the services that customers and employees demand must protect its network. The field which deals in protecting their privacy on the network is commonly known as “Network Security”. As a philosophy, it complements endpoint security, which focuses on individual devices; network security instead focuses on how those devices interact, and on the connective tissue between them. Mainly, it is preventative measures to protect the underlying networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, malfunction, modification, destruction, or improper disclosure, thereby creating a secure platform for computers, users, and programs to perform their permitted critical functions within a secure environment. In essence, your computer can't be hacked if hackers can't get to it over the network.