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SANS 2014 Salary Survey: The State of Security Professionals Today

  • Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT (2014-05-08 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Arabella Hallawell, Barbara Filkins, John Pescatore


  • Arbor Networks

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SANS is resurrecting its very popular salary survey. Our last survey, published in 2008, was the most viewed paper in the highly trafficked SANS reading room for the following two years. It has been used as a guide for many recruiting professionals and magazines reporting to IT workers and executives, as well as our SANS audience of 400,000 registered members.

This webcast will highlight results of this survey, with input from the SANS Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) program, SANS Director of Emerging Security Trends John Pescatore and other experts. We will examine the evolving roles of security professionals worldwide, including new roles, titles, managerial functions, and existing and planned certifications broken out by industry and geography.

We also will look at education levels, types of certifications, continuing education budgets and reasons for completing continuing education. The report will review respondent's plans for hiring additional employees, explore reductions in workforce and evaluate why security budgets are increasing.

Finally, the webcast will look at the technology areas respondents believe will be guiding their organization's hiring over the next two years. We'll also look for trends in the industry in order to provide guidance for technology planning and future staffing needs.

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Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

joined the SANS Institute as director of emerging security trends in January 2013, with 35 years’ experience in computer, network and information security. Mr. Pescatore was Gartner’s lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Before joining Gartner, he was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he created and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and public-key Infrastructure, and spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems.

Barbara Filkins

Barb Filkins has done extensive work in system procurement, vendor selection and vendor negotiations in her career as a systems engineering and infrastructure design consultant. Based in Southern California, she sees security as a process that she calls "policy, process, platforms, pipes, AND people." Most recently she's been involved with HIPAA security issues in the health and human services industry with clients ranging from federal agencies (DoD and VA), municipalities and commercial businesses. Her interest in information security comes from its impact on all aspects of the system lifecycle as well as its relation to many of the issues faced by modern society that is dependant on automation — privacy, identity theft, exposure to fraud, and the legal aspects of enforcing information security. She holds the SANS GSEC (Gold) and GCIH (Silver, working towards Gold), and the GHSC.

Arabella Hallawell

Arabella Hallawell, senior director of product marketing at Arbor Networks, is responsible for the go-to-market positioning and activation of the company's Advanced Threat solutions. Previously, she led strategic planning at Arbor. Arabella has more than 20 years of experience in IT security and strategy. Prior to joining Arbor, she was VP of corporate strategy at Sophos, a global IT security vendor headquartered in Boston and Oxford, UK, where she led M&A strategy, market and customer insight, and global corporate communications. Prior to Sophos, Arabella was research VP at Gartner, the IT research and advisory services firm.

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