New Jersey boasted the 9th largest number of job postings for cybersecurity architects, analysts, auditors, engineers, and administrators in the country between 2010 and 2014 according to the tech staffing firm Burning Glass Technologies. In addition, the concentration of cybersecurity experts per capita in New Jersey exceeds the national average by 21%.
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The number of prominent hacks that have recently taken place in New Jersey brought cybersecurity issues to the forefront and increased demand for specialists in this field. This level of demand serves to increase starting salary offers as companies compete for the most qualified cybersecurity experts.
NJ.com descroibed New Jersey’s high-profile hacks in 2015, which included an Anonymous release of the personal information of police officers who had been involved with a man’s death and a series of internet-based swatting attacks on residents of the state. In addition, Rutgers suffered from four related cyber attacks during the 2014-15 school year causing them to raise tuition and fees by 2.3 % to cover the increased cost of more rigorous cybersecurity measures:
- November 2014: a DDos attack on the class registration system
- March 2015: a DDos attack on the school’s online learning platform
- March 2015: an attack that crippled wireless internet access for students for several days
- April 2015: a DDos attack before finals that interrupted Wi-Fi, internet services, and email and crippled websites that students needed to do their work
New Jersey’s Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell Creates Opportunities for More High Paying Jobs
In May 2015, Governor Christie responded to the increasing threat of cyber attacks in New Jersey by announcing the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), one of the first public/private sector consortiums of its kind in the country. The Office facilitates cooperation between multiple state agencies that include:
- Attorney General’s Office
- State Police
- Office of Homeland Security
- Office of Information Technology
Individuals, businesses, and governments that seek NJCCIC alerts can sign up at cyber.nj.gov.
The NJCCIC issued a September 2015 alert identifying New Jersey’s oil and gas industry as being among the sectors with the highest cybersecurity risks. Although it does not expect imminent attacks, the Office predicts that New Jersey’s energy sector faces intelligence collection activities and reconnaissance activities aimed at obtaining data and “establishing persistence” for potential use in future sabotage attacks.
New Jersey boasts a robust cybersecurity industry. In fact, Forbes featured a number of the state’s long-time cybersecurity companies in an April 2016 article:
- Berkeley Varitronics Systems—Metuchen
- Grid32 Security—Newark
- Prevalent Networks—Warren
Salaries for Cybersecurity Positions in New Jersey’s Major Cities
According to the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, cybersecurity analysts and admins in the major cities of New Jersey can expect to earn salaries within the ranges shown here. Cybersecurity professionals with master’s degree have the advanced training required to earn salaries that fall at the high end of these ranges:
Data Security Analysts:
- Mount Laurel: $126,609 – $178,480
- Paramus: $143,124 – $201,760
- Princeton: $137,619 – $194,000
- Woodbridge: $139,270 – $196,328
Systems Security Administrators:
- Mount Laurel: $121,325 – $171,925
- Paramus: $137,150 – $194,350
- Princeton: $131,785 – $186,875
- Woodbridge: $133,458 – $189,118
Network Security Administrators:
- Mount Laurel: $118,738 – $160,050
- Paramus: $134,225 – $191,100
- Princeton: $129,063 – $183,750
- Woodbridge: $130,611 – $185,955
Salaries for Information Security Analysts in New Jersey’s Major Cities
Statewide, information security analysts in New Jersey earned the 3rd highest average salary in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, information security analysts in these cities earned an exceptionally high average salary:
- Trenton – 4th highest in the country
- Newark – 7th highest in the country
Information security analysts with master’s degrees should earn even higher salaries than the averages shown below and can expect to earn in the highest percentiles (BLS, 2015):