Healthcare Cybersecurity Professionals in High Demand by Tom Clark, VP of Operations for DCA

Cybersecurity professionals within the healthcare industry are in high demand and jobs are growing at a rapid pace. According to Forbes.com, the cybersecurity industry will grow from $75 billion in 2015 to an estimated $170 billion by 2020. In addition, the demand for the cybersecurity workforce is expected to rise to 6 million by 2019.

With cyberattacks becoming more common over the past two years in healthcare, HIT executives and hiring managers are in the hunt for skilled cybersecurity professionals. However, right now the demand for these experts outstrips supply. The good news is that supply could change over the next couple of years as more colleges are now offering degrees in cybersecurity. In addition, many new options exist for current professionals to augment their skill sets, including certificates from technical training companies.

A career in the healthcare sector can mean a six-figure salary, job security, excellent benefits, and upward mobility. Jobs that require HIT cybersecurity know-how will usually have a range of titles and range of median salaries:

Chief Information Security Officer: $223,334
Cybersecurity Network Engineer:  $ 92,793
Cybersecurity Architect: $110,451
Cybersecurity Analyst: $ 90,120
Sr. Software Engineer: $ 99,900
Security/IT Director: $105,112
Security Consultant: $ 93,529

* Median Salaries from Payscale.com & Healthcare IT News, January 2017

Additionally, to be considered for a position, there are a number of core skills needed by everyone entering the cybersecurity workforce including:

– Communication Skills
– Knowledge of Scripts & Programming Tools
– Ability to Work in a Team Environment
– Ability to Assess Client’s Security Needs
– Working Knowledge of Malicious Codes
– Ability to Recognize Intruder Techniques
– Working knowledge of Common Network Protocols

Cybersecurity will continue to be a major concern for healthcare executives in 2017 after two years of steadily increasing cyber threats that resulted in a record number of patient records compromised, health organizations extorted financially and hospital operations disrupted. With that in mind, there’s no better time to enter the healthcare cybersecurity field since you will be among the most sought after professionals in the tech sector.

If you’re currently in the cybersecurity space, have you received a number of job offers lately? Please comment below.

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