It’s been over a year since we said goodbye to our offices, for what we believed would be an initial period of two weeks, and there is now light at the end of the tunnel.
Many challenges however will remain, none less so than that of Cyber Security. Throughout the pandemic we have seen a big increase in cyber threat, highlighted as recently as last month when millions of Microsoft clients around the world were affected as a hacking group exploited vulnerabilities in the Exchange Server.
With the increase in remote working expected to continue, the opportunity for cyber criminals also increases with the likes of phishing emails and infected attachments on the rise. Remote workers may be more laid-back operating from home and in turn, let their guard down.
We are also now far more likely to use home networks and personal devices that are not secured to the same degree as corporate networks. Much of this has led to organisations learning that certain security tools are not optional to protect against cyber threats.
What does this mean for the Cyber Security industry?
Security has become even more of a priority for companies and cyber security professionals are some of the most in-demand on the market. Employers are looking for candidates with specific qualifications in cyber security and information security with many also seeking previous experience in Identity and Access Management (IAM).
In demand Cyber Security jobs in Ireland
Infrastructure Security professionals with strong Incident Response and Endpoint Protection experience are sought after across Ireland, as well as a host of new roles created due to the shift to the cloud. These include:
Cyber Security Control Managers
Risk and Control Managers
Threat Intelligence Analysts
Code Security Engineer
We have a surplus of these roles available across a variety of industries both indigenous and global, public and private sector, all offering fantastic salaries, packages, and great career progression prospects.
The key skills needed are information security, cyber security, network security, change control security and cloud security architecture. While the most in-demand certifications that are currently CISSP, ISACA, CEH, CISA, CISM, ISO 27001.
Salaries and benefits for cyber security professionals
As these roles are in demand salaries tend to be on the higher end. We’ve broken down what you can expect from most employer below:
€45,000 to €55,000 for 2/3 years security experience
€65,000 to €85,000 for 4/5 years’ experience
€80,000 to €95,00 for 5 to 8 years’ experience
€100,000 to €130,000 for 10 years plus
In addition to excellent salaries, clients are offering a wide range of incentives to candidates in the security field including working with state-of-the-art cyber cloud architecture, excellent packages and increasing flexibility around work from home and remote working. If you would like more info on salaries and benefits trends you can download our 2021 Salary Guide.
What kind of companies are hiring cyber security talent?
We have seen a huge increase in hiring demand from a variety of companies and industries including global fintech companies, pharma techs, and security technology companies setting up cyber centres of excellence in Ireland.
Cpl Technology has worked closely with companies from the initial stages of selecting Ireland as a location due to the security expertise offered in the Irish Marketplace. We are now working closely with these clients to identify where to find this talent in the market and how to attract it.
There has never been a better time to think about a change of career into the Security Technology space and we are always here and happy to guide and advise you.