Foote notes that while trends can show upward spikes in demand, they can also drop in a three- and six-month timeframe. He adds that security spending tends to be driven by corporate need to achieve regulatory compliance.The GIAC IT security certifications cited in the Foote Partners report were among those considered to provide "the highest pay premiums" along with non-security specific ones, such as the Open Group Master Architect and the EMC Cloud Architect Expert (IT-as-a-service). "Cloud certifications haven't been around for a long time, so we're just starting to put in this data during the past year," Foote points out.
Other IT security certifications are also ranked among those earning the highest pay premiums, though they didn't necessarily show the three-month market-value jump. These include the IT security certifications known as the GIAC Security Leadership; Certified Information Systems Security Professional; Certified Information Security Manager; CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst; and the Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP-CISSP).
The Foote Partners quarterly report also cited significant rise in market value in a number of non-security-specific certifications, including the CWNP/Certified Wireless Network Expert and CWNP/Certified Wireless Network Administrator certifications. Some HP systems administration certifications rose sharply in value as did some project management certifications. Three Oracle database administrator certifications jumped 10percent or more in pay value. However, a number of Oracle certifications also declined 10percent over the previous quarter. These decliners were: Oracle SOA Infrastructure Implementation Certified Expert; Oracle Certified Professional Java EE Web Services Developer and Oracle Certified Master, Java EE Enterprise Architect.
The only IT security certification seen as falling 10 percent or more in pay value in comparison to the previous quarter was the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester certification, which dropped by 33.3 percent.
The Foote Partners report points out that overall, IT certifications in general have actually been falling in value since 2007, so it's notable that 289 IT certifications increased last quarter, up 0.84 percent in value overall. Foote Partners also continuously tracks the demand for IT roles and responsibilities not based on IT certifications.
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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