With a rising threat in the cyberspace, the number of jobs in the cyber security has been rising. Despite the poor overall hiring in the IT industry, the demand for engineers graduating in cyber security has been rising with the need of protecting vulnerable cyberspace. Experts from the industry also informed that such graduates are offered better packages and an average of five offers.
Sundeep Kumar Makthala, Founder, Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA), said that even the start-ups – big as well as small ones – are bent on hiring cyber security professionals. With the rising demand for data security, both clients, as well as service providers, are looking for means to protect their critical data. This has resulted in an exponential growth of cyber security jobs, added Makthala.
With the emergence of artificial intelligence, automation and machine-to-machine learning the need for lower end and mid-level engineers has been falling. However, this has not affected the cyber security space where jobs are increasing.
Cyber security experts cannot be replaced by automation as the field is highly dynamic in nature and keeps evolving. Cyberspace needs constant monitoring and therefore the demand for cyber security experts will never go down.
Experts have also stated that freshers in the cyber security domain get higher starting salaries than those in other IT domains. Where the average starting salary for cyber security fresher graduates ranges from Rs.4 lakh to Rs.5 lakh, the average starting salary for engineering graduates in other areas is only Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.3.6 lakh.
In Hyderabad, around 2000 to 3000 engineering students with cyber security as a compulsory or optional course graduate every year. Each student with an expertise in the field is offered 5 to 10 jobs by various organizations.