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By Michael Del Monte, Infrastructure & Security Lead

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Cyber Security Hiring Trends in Houston

With the 2014 Oil and Gas bust, Houston saw some huge changes in the hiring landscape. Not only has our energy sector experienced layoffs by the thousands, HPE just announced a major layoff and MD Anderson announced a 10 percent cut. So where’s the light at the end of the tunnel?

Depending on your area within IT, available openings are either abundant or scarce/non-existent. Lucky for us, cyber security is a growing space and is only going up. In response to our recent survey of Houston CIOs, we have a few interesting findings in the security space.

The need for cyber security derives from the executive level, rather than from the bottom up. This translates to a demonstrable need for security folk and a high probability of investment in hardened security programs. That said, growth may not be as robust as one would hope.

Through our survey, we found that every participating company has, in some form, critical infrastructure with sensitive data. This could be anything from company secrets, client data, patient data, or HR’s internal personnel data. However, only 53 percent of these perceive said sensitive data as highly valued or target for malicious intent. 42 percent of these companies plan to invest in expanding their security programs with the latest and greatest tools and technologies and 20 percent intend to add additional headcount. Interestingly, only 30 percent of those surveyed have an internal CISO. So where’s the disconnect?

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