There’s a general feeling of dread in the industry these days—and many people saying they’re happy just to have a job—but there is some bright news on the salary front for IT security practitioners. The latest quarterly IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index from Foote Partners LLC found that the value of certain security certifications has skyrocketed in the past year.

And we don’t use skyrocketed lightly. Those who achieved the GIAC Security Expert certification (GSE) notched an average salary increase of 36.4 percent. CISM’s were getting an additional 27.3 percent and certified hacking forensics investigators (CHFI) another 14.3 percent. Other bumps came to GIAC Certified Intrusion Analysts (11), GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (11), Cisco Certified Security Professional (9) and CISSP (8).

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