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May 31 2007   2:46PM GMT

Pay up for security certifications, down for all other technology certificates

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Here’s some good news if you’re a certified security pro: You’re in the only group of certified IT professionals whose pay scale has gone up this year, Tekrati reports.

A new study by Foote Partners shows that pay for 27 certified IT skills has fallen 2.1% in the past six months. The only one of those 27 areas that has seen an increase is security, where pay is up 1.7%. Meanwhile, pay for non-certified skills has increased by 4.1%.

Edmond Baydian, chief operating officer for Juma Technology in Farmingdale, N.Y., said a survey of his company’s clients shows similar results. He attributes the trend to consolidation among businesses, which places more value on skills in a wide range of areas. Unlike in most IT fields, accreditation in security signifies that you have that broad knowledge, he said.

“Security gives you this application-layer view, and it’s less concerned about the underlying plumbing,” he said. “Security means that you understand the value of multiple protocols over IP.”

The “utmost importance” of security also plays a role, but that is changing because businesses and organizations are starting to turn their IT concerns to other areas, Baydian said. The next big trend will depend on where the government decides to focus new regulations — possibly in Voice over IP (VoIP), thanks to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), Baydian said.

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