Hacking Into the Candidate Pool

There have been a number of breaches or hacking attempts so far this year on the US government, public, and private sectors. We've covered hiring demand for Cyber Security Professionals and ethical Hackers because of this continuous threat. The Washington Post recently reported that the White House is expected to issue an executive order on cyber security to help secure private-sector systems against cyber intrusions. With this discussion of government intervention and the latest hacking attempts, we thought we'd review hiring demand for Certified Ethical Hackers (CEH). These professionals are responsible for using the same methods as a hacker to find and fix computer security vulnerability. As of January 2013, there were over 1,400 job ads posted online that required this certification, which marked a 4 year high. Hiring demand for Certified Ethical Hackers rose 30% when compared to January 2012. Who has the most demand for this certification?

The following sectors have the most job ads posted online for professionals with Certified Ethical Hacker Certifications:

  1. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  2. Administrative and Support and Waste Remediation Services
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Information
  5. Wholesale Trade
Employers looking for Certified Ethical Hackers to protect their information most commonly advertise for the following job titles:
  1. Information Security Analyst
  2. Security Engineer
  3. Network Security Engineer
  4. Security Analyst
  5. Senior Security Engineer
  6. Senior Information Security Analyst
  7. Information Security Engineer
  8. Network Security Analyst
  9. Information Technology Security Analyst
  10. Information Assurance Engineer
As might be expected, Washington, DC has the most demand for Certified Ethical Hackers. In this metro area, recruiting conditions are slightly more challenging than they're likely to be throughout the nation. Our Hiring Scale scored this requirement as an 84 nationally and an 88 in Washington, DC. Recruiters may find conditions to be less difficult in Indianapolis (IN), Austin (TX), and Albuquerque (NM). Despite having the least difficult conditions, these metro areas still present challenging recruiting environments, scoring a 71 on our Hiring Scale.

Hiring Scale for Certified Ethical Hackers

Hiring Scale for Certified Ethical Hackers
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

For more on related topics refer to last week's article, 10 Best Cities to Recruit Cyber Security Professionals.

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