"There are still a lot of inexperienced people out there that are passing themselves off as experts," says Scott Laliberte, managing director of Protiviti, outlining the common challenges of penetration testing.
As fraud continues to evolve and affect financial institutions, careers are plentiful for fraud-fighting professionals, says Jean-Francois Legault, a fraud investigations specialist with Deloitte and Touche.
Yahoo's Justin Somaini believes his fellow CISOs in business and government do a good job keeping their bosses informed of proper information security practices, but could do better in educating the rank and file about them.
When economists dissected July's 0.1 point drop in overall unemployment, to 9.1 percent, they attributed the decline mostly to fewer people seeking work. But that's not the case for IT security professionals. There are few discouraged workers in the information technology occupation categories these days.
The cyber threat landscape is more widespread than ever before, and cybersecurity professionals are needed in all sectors, from government to private industry, says Dickie George of the National Security Agency.
Because information security threats know no borders, the European Network and Information Security Agency is working hard to ensure the solutions span nations, too, says Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, ENISA's executive director.
Performing digital forensics in the cloud isn't necessarily a new discipline, says Rob Lee of SANS Institute. But the task definitely requires a whole new mindset and some new skills from investigators.
"The action and manifestation of risk is not necessarily evident to today's users in the way it was in the past, and that creates a big inherent challenge for a CISO," says Malcolm Harkins, CISO at Intel Corp.
Dickie George of the National Security Agency has one word to describe the state of information security education today: "Spotty." And this state must improve if we hope to fill all the growing demand for security pros.
"The first step is for banks to admit there is a problem before they can address it, and many bankers are still in denial," says Shirley Inscoe, author of the book "Insidious: How Trusted Employees Steal Millions and Why It's So Hard for Banks to Stop Them."