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SEC: Security career opportunities perceived to be growing

A new poll conducted by the Security Executive Council (SEC) found that security practitioners perceive career opportunities within security to be holding steady or increasing.


April 16, 2018
By Canadian Security

“Since we work daily with practitioners, we regularly hear gripes about security positions, and we are witness to turnover — self-chosen or not,” said Kathleen Kotwica, EVP and chief knowledge strategist for SEC. “However, surprisingly, a relatively low number of participants (22 per cent) felt security career options were decreasing. This is good news, but it may be related to a specific demographic.”

According to the poll, 39 per cent of respondents found career options in corporate security to be neither increasing nor decreasing, while 39 per cent found them to be increasing and 22 per cent to be decreasing.

Kotwica points out that since the quick poll does not collect titles of respondents, it’s possible that, for instance, those in executive risk positions perceive options to be decreasing while those in cybersecurity positions find it increasing.

The Security Barometer poll, conducted in February, also found that 100 per cent of respondents currently employed in the security realm were satisfied with their current career or looking to move up within the field. None were looking for opportunities outside of security.

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Full results of the poll can be found here.