Top 5 Highest Paying Cyber Security Certifications for 2017

January 10, 2017 | Views: 48309

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In the world of cyber security, there are many certifications that will boost your career along with the lucrative financial compensations that go along with it in return for protecting our nation’s computer networks from cyber-attacks.

These 5 cyber security certifications can command a six-figure salary:


Skills Gained

Ability to quickly identify potential security issues, design effective prevention and remediation plans and implement ISACA-approved best practices.

Career Fit

Certification holders are held in high regard by both public and private organizations and are respected for their ability to merge InfoSec programs with broader corporate goals.

Potential Careers & Salary Range

  • Information Security Manager $82,313 – $150,466
  • Chief Information Security Officer $116,490 – $226,220
  • Information Security Officer $66,269 – $148,508
  • Information Security Analyst $56,171 – $125,044
  • Security Architect, IT $84,138 – $163,817


Skills Gained

Ability to design, engineer, implement and manage an overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks. Provides a common framework for IT security dialog and reporting.

Career Fit

For those with proven deep technical and managerial competence, skills, experience and credibility. Essential for any professional looking to work in government or enterprise- scale IT departments.

Potential Careers & Salary Range

  • Information Security Analyst $60,882 – $115,920
  • Information Security Manager $81,540 – $140,869
  • Security Engineer $70,990 – $125,469
  • Chief Information Security Officer $106,609 – $205,645
  • Security Architect, IT $89,840 – $152,998


Skills Gained

Ability to apply information security management principles from an executive management point of view.

Career Fit

Empowers the jump from frontline IT staff to executive-track technology professional — the information security leaders of tomorrow.

Potential Careers & Salary Range

  • Network Engineer $48,135 – $96,759
  • Network Administrator $41,005 – $78,946
  • Sr. Network Engineer $72,228 – $126,880
  • Information Technology (IT) Manager $48,833 – $118,548
  • Systems Administrator $45,381 – $82,735


Skills gained

Knowledge to effectively audit information security environments, identify vulnerabilities and meet security challenges of a data-first enterprise.

Career fit

Now in high demand.

Potential careers & Salary range

  • Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor $67,957 – $108,463
  • Information Technology (IT) Auditor $52,512 – $91,780
  • Internal Audit Director $93,387 – $168,178
  • Information Security Manager $83,271 – $150,691
  • Information Security Analyst $47,609 – $117,325


Skills gained

The same skills and knowledge as cyber attackers, but with intent to hack enterprise networks for the purpose of improving overall security.

Career fit

In high demand among both public and private sector organizations.

Potential careers & Salary range

  • Information Security Analyst $53,725 – $108,276
  • Security Engineer $62,124 – $122,415
  • Penetration Tester $49,826 – $130,513
  • Security Analyst $51,009 – $114,308
  • Information Security Engineer $71,697 – $131,229

Earning one of these 5 cyber security certifications may be all that’s standing in the way of your future, so what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to embark on the path to a lucrative cyber security career, there’s no better time than now!

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  1. Loving the trends more

  2. Thanks for the info.

  3. Great job i have spent more than 2yrs dreaming about how to become an online security agent. the pay doesn’t matter but what I’ll acquire stand first. Thanks for the information, keep doing the great job.

  4. I feel like the salaries are pegged on the low-end, especially if you look at the rates for consultants on the North-East corridor

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