These are the hottest jobs in the cyber security industry right now, with a salary package of up to ₹23 lakh per annum

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These are the hottest jobs in the cyber security industry right now, with a salary package of up to ₹23 lakh per annum
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  • The need for cyber security is soaring in the market in order to protect valuable data from these hackers.
  • According to human resources firm TeamLease, there are around 50,000 open positions in the market, currently.
  • Here are some cyber security roles which are high in demand, according to TeamLease
With cyber attacks becoming so common and hackers worldwide are coming up with new sophisticated hacking techniques, cyber security is an absolute necessity — be it high profile companies or startups. The need for cyber security is soaring in the market in order to protect valuable data from these hackers. Currently, the industry is pegged to grow about $116 billion by 2025 as per Data Security Council of India (DSCI) estimates.

According to human resources firm TeamLease, there are around 50,000 open positions in the market, currently.

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Risk identification and management, data management and analysis, and logical reasoning and troubleshooting are the three main skill sets each employer is looking out for in an ideal candidate, says TeamLease .

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These are some cyber security roles which are high in demand, according to TeamLease —

  1. Cyber security analyst
    Cyber security analyst is primarily responsible for protecting a company's network and systems from cyber attacks, which involve researching the latest upcoming information technology (IT) trends, reviewing and analysing any suspicious activity. The analyst is also responsible for implementing threat protection measures and security controls. The starting salary of a cyber security analyst can be between ₹5,00,000-₹6,00,000 per annum, according to online education firm UpGrad.
2. Cyber security technical lead engineer
The ideal role of a cyber security technical lead engineer is to plan, implement, monitor and continuously upgrade the security measures to protect the company’s data, system and networks and to test and identify any system vulnerabilities and thereby enabling appropriate security control tools and measures. According to job search platform Glassdoor, a cyber security technical lead engineer can expect to earn around ₹16,00,000-₹17,00,000 per annum.

3. Data management and analytics
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The data management and analyst role is to examine a large number of data sets, perform complex data analysis and build predictive models. Based on these models, an organisation can detect any malicious activity and prevent network vulnerabilities. The average salary of a data management analyst can be around ₹12,00,000 per annum, as per UpGrad.

4. Forensic analyst
A forensic expert can also be called a ‘digital detective’ who is responsible for detecting, analysing and piecing together all possible evidence of cyber crimes from computers, network or any other IT equipment. A forensic analyst also plays a lead role in investigating data breaches and security incidents when there is a cyber attack. The salary can range between ₹6,00,000-₹7,00,000 per annum, according to job search platform Indeed.

5. Chief information security officers (CISO)
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A report by professional services firm PwC says that almost 80% of companies have CISOs in their management teams. A CISO oversees the operation of an organisation’s IT security department, also directs, manages and safeguards company’s information assets, and ensures that there are no data breaches. According to UpGrad, the average annual salary of a CISO is around ₹23,00,000.

6. Network security engineers
The job responsibility of a network security engineer is to assist the company in identifying advanced cyber threats and to help in creating robust strategies to protect the organisational structure. A network security engineer also oversees the quality control within the IT infrastructure. An ideal candidate can expect to earn around between ₹4,00,000-₹8,00,000, according to UpGrad.


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