IT Careers In Data and Privacy Security

IT Careers In Data and Privacy Security


By Mark Swartz


Two out of five Canadian organizations have experienced a cyberattack. Hackers, virtual criminals, and commercial spies try daily to penetrate vital computer systems.

Who defends against unauthorized probes and outright assaults? Data security specialists do. They protect private information and ensure that systems integrity isn’t breached.

Not surprisingly this IT career path has solid job prospects. Take a look at some specific roles, from analysts up to the C-level.


Data Security Analyst

Someone in this hands-on position reviews security architecture. They weigh the risks associated with existing systems or introduction of new technologies.​ Maintaining systems to protect data from unauthorized users is pivotal. Identifies, details and resolves security violations. Reports to an information security manager.

Usually requires a diploma or degree in related computer sciences. 0-2 years of associated experience are necessary. Salary ranges from around $63,000 to over $90,000 annually. Here’s an IT security resume sample for reference.


Disaster Recovery Analyst

A frontline role that may need to be on-call in case of emergency. Assists in developing, implementing and updating programs for ensuring the integrity of information systems and technology. Coordinates, tests, and administers disaster recovery/resumption plans. Generally reports to the manager level.

Requires a related college or bachelor's degree and 0-3 years of experience in associated area. Yearly salary varies from around $70,000 to $100,000.


Cyber Security Business Analyst

Business Analysts interface between two distinct audiences: users who have little technical knowledge, and specialists immersed in IT protocols and terminology. For cyber security they produce documentation including requirements, current/future state processes, and workflows. Proficiency with facilitation and process capture is a must.

Having a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) or equivalent is considered an asset. Requires a related college or bachelor's degree and 0-3 years of associated experience. Expect an annual salary of around $70,000 to $100,000.


IS Security Manager (aka Systems/Applications Security Manager)

Want to move up the ranks into IT management? With information system security, the manager develops and oversees data and technology security, including disaster recovery, database protection and software development. They also direct IT security analysts to ensure that all applications are functional and secure.

This role demands strong consulting, collaboration and communication skills to work with technology stakeholders, senior executives, business, and external vendors.​

Requires a related college or bachelor's degree with at least 6-8 years of experience in the field. The pay is from $80,000 to over $125,000 annually.


Information Security Director

Another step upward, this person establishes, plans, and administers the overall goals and policies for the information security function. They evaluate information risk on a regular time schedule and promote data security awareness within the organization. The position reports directly to senior management. 

Requires a related college or bachelor's degree with at least 8 years of experience in the field. Salary ranges from $115,000 to over $160,000 per year.


Chief Information Security Officer (aka VP, Information Security)

At the upper level in this profession, strategy and budget management dominate. The person in this role determines enterprise information security standards. Their team creates and implements security protocols for all data and technology. Financial oversight and navigating executive politics is a focus.

Usually requires a bachelor's or Masters degree with at least 12 years of experience in the field. Annual compensation is anywhere from $120,000 to $200,000.


What Else?

The positions described above don’t tell the full story of cyber security. For instance, the salary figures provided exclude possible bonuses. These kinds of jobs can be found in just about any sector or industry. Within the government or defence suppliers, security clearances may be required.

There are specialties in this realm too. Host and network security. Mobile and cloud/​SaaS protocols. Encryption development or penetration detection.

All in all it’s a career path that’s destined to stay in demand. More so as the internet of things and driverless cars become reality. If information privacy and systems integrity is your thing, keep an eye out for relevant postings on

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