"We need to be cyber savvy if we are going to participate in cybersecurity," says Ed Kanerva, vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. "We cannot hire folks if they are not out there, so instead we train them to be cyber experts."
"The environment that started by supporting whistleblowers ... is essentially morphing into 'Gee, we as an organization need to be completely transparent, whether we want to or not,'" says Cal Slemp, managing director of Protiviti.
Not having an IT security certification doesn't disqualify you from getting that next job or promotion, but it could be a factor. Here are our picks of the five IT security certifications that will be most in demand in the new year.
While the HITECH Act is jump-starting the shift from paper to electronic health records with its incentive payments, a presidential panel is envisioning a next generation of EHRs that embed privacy protections using XML.
Cybersecurity reform was part of a defense bill that included a provision to repeal a law that bar gays from serving openly in the military. Supporters couldn't muster the support to bring a Senate vote on the bill.
"Companies are increasingly looking for individuals who have a business mindset and can make the connections among security, IT risk and business," says John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology.
A two-year pay freeze isn't likely to hurt the government in hiring and retaining infosec pros. People often choose to work for the government for a higher cause, to play a vital role in protecting the national interest.