August 23, 2008
At our recent Defcon 16 talk on Careers, Lee Kushner and I released a survey on careers in the information security industry.
Lee and I have spent the last couple of years having a good number of conversations on the way that people navigate careers in this industry, and we have talked about it at a few conferences now. But we got really tired of not having any real data on the topic. There are a good number of “career” or “salary” surveys that are done every year, but all of them have a particular slant – whether they’re performed by a professional organization or a media outlet, there’s a particular audience that is served by the survey that tends to slant the results toward a particular segment of the industry.
Lee and I were lamenting this a few months back, and one of us said: “Man, wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was a survey that covered the entire breadth of the industry, with no particular audience as a target?”
Since there wasn’t, we decided to create one. And, since we’re not great survey experts, we worked with Dr. Max Kilger, a Ph.D. from Stanford who has done great work with the the Honeynet Project. Max’s brilliant guidance helped us turn the survey into something useful for gathering real, unbiased data on what’s going on in the industry.
So, I’m asking – please help us out with this one by filling it out. We’d love to be able to come back at the end of 2008 and give some real data to the industry on what’s actually going on out there