Technology has made people’s lives more comfortable, and at the same time, it has also made life complex to some extent. However, technology is advantageous if it is in good hands, but in the hands of malicious minds, it can play havoc in our lives. The same goes for the Internet, which is the most widely used technology of today and has become an integral part of our lives.
Internet is one tool that has empowered people in countless ways from smooth, fast, affordable and unrestricted communications worldwide, to giving voice to one and all without discrimination, helping with information/data as and when required.
The role of the Internet is vast that continues to influence people from everywhere and every section. Internet’s impact is so broad that today every technology revolves around it, without which life looks difficult.
People have become so much habituated to use the Internet as it assists them in every single task, whether at home or in office or anywhere else. Today it seems life without the Internet is impossible but, as mentioned above, it comes with its set of drawbacks.
How Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals Emerged?
Ever since its inception, the Internet has continuously surprised people with its power. While the right minds use it for the benefit, the bad ones use it with malicious intent. But as always, every problem comes with a solution too.
As we saw the growth of the Internet, we also saw the growing impact of cybercrime in the world. And this resulted in the ever-increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals, which also raised the issue of risk to data and information stored in devices, applications, and data centers or that moves in a network.
Today, the Internet has become the lifeline of every business/sector. So, cyber-attacks cannot be ruled out. Now and then we come across hacking, virus, spyware attack news, all of which are types of cyberattack and requires proper safety measures to be prevented.
Job Prospect in Cybersecurity
Indian companies are desperately hunting for cybersecurity experts. As per the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), the employment of cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow 37% from 2012 to 2022, which proves the growing and fast demand of these professionals, which is faster than usual.
The demand for cybersecurity professionals is so high that one can see almost every organization, big or small seeking help from information security experts to safeguard their information/data. The sectors like banking, defense, medicine, finance, are at more significant risk. All these sectors hold sensitive information, which if compromised, can become a severe threat to national security.
Salary and Remunerations
In India, the average salary of cybersecurity professionals is between Rs 7 lakhs to 10 lakhs annually, which continues to grow within exceptional cases. Freshers or professionals with 2 – 3-year experience get an average salary of Rs 2.85 lakh to 3.50 lakh annually, as per the CISO Platform. CISO is an online community for senior information technology (IT) security professionals.
A new entrant in the Indian information technology industry gets Rs 3-3.5 lakh annually. If one sees the salary of IT professionals and cybersecurity professionals in India, you will find a massive gap between the two.
While IT professionals are lucky enough to get paid what they deserve, the cybersecurity professionals have to be satisfied with whatever they get even if it is far less than their counterparts sitting abroad. The reason is the vast difference we find in their work quality.
In India, cybersecurity is still in its nascent stage. Though awareness has started building up since the last couple of years, yet companies haven’t started realizing the threats that could do massive damage to their business. On the other hand, even the professionals who project themselves as an ethical hacker or cybersecurity experts are not skilled enough to accomplish the tasks without any external help.
Cybersecurity certified professionals have options to become, ethical hackers, penetration testers, Chief information security officers, Cybersecurity Analysts, and opening for all the positions are enormous in the industry. As per CISO, the average annual salary of ethical hackers is Rs 5.7 lakh and Chief Information Security Officers vary from Rs 12 lakh per annum to Rs 80 lakh per annum, with an average of Rs 23.7 lakh per annum.
As per several surveys, Bengaluru has the highest number of cybersecurity professionals that is 20.5%, while Delhi NCR with 20.3% is in the second position.
The highest number of cybersecurity experts were hired by telecom/internet service providers offering an average annual salary of Rs 11.75 lakh, and the banking/financial sector was second in hiring cybersecurity professionals with an average of Rs 10.52 lakh per annum.
The highest average salary is received by the professionals in Delhi NCR that is 8.6 lakh per annum and Bengaluru comes second with Rs 8.44 lakh per annum. Average years of experience for cybersecurity professionals is 6.8 years.
Scope of the Cybersecurity Professionals in India
As per CERT, in 2014, about 32,323 websites were hacked in India. It ranked at a second position that is on the target of cyber threats after America. In just three years gap until 2013, registered cybercrime cases went up from 966 to 4,356, which is increased by 350% as per statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
In the last couple of years, India saw a growing demand for cybersecurity professionals due to the rise in threats. Since it is still at a very initial stage, the opportunity in the coming years is going to be big.
The requirement of 50,000 cybersecurity professionals that was estimated for the year 2015 hasn’t yet been fulfilled. The reason is the vast gap between the demand and supply of skilled and qualified professionals, knowing the sensitivity of the subject. India has immense potential to create jobs in this sector, sooner or later.
The demand for cybersecurity professionals is continuously growing, but the skills and qualifications required to fill the positions is missing. So, candidates who want to start a career in cybersecurity should look for the best institutes for the right education and certification to get hired by the top organizations. Also, there are various online certification training providers that provide various cybersecurity courses to help you get certified.