Fraud attempts will escalate, not diminish, as new threats and channels blossom in 2011. Growth in mobile banking and the use of social networks are expected to pose new security challenges, experts say.
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.
Looking ahead to the new year, Kristin Lovejoy of IBM says information security organizations face a host of global compliance issues - and the complexity of this challenge may be the biggest task of 2011.
"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.