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Report: Cybersecurity Job Postings Declined During Q4 2011

After a four-year high in cybersecurity new hires in September,

Enterprises continue to fall victim to hacking, phishing schemes and other malicious attacks, yet demand for cybersecurity professionals may be declining, according to a recent WANTED Analytics study.

After a four-year high in cybersecurity new hires in September, the volume of job advertisements decreased slightly during the final quarter of 2011, the survey revealed. Enterprise recruiters and staffing agencies posted 6,400 online ads for positions requiring cybersecurity knowledge, skills and experience, only a 2 percent rise compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.

The report said computer security specialists, application software engineers and systems administrators were the most common employment opportunities seeking cybersecurity skills. Meanwhile, some postings for intelligence analysts, business development professionals and operations analysts also required online security experience.

Cities with the highest volume of cybersecurity job listings during the fourth quarter included Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Huntsville, Alabama. But despite having the most cybersecurity employment opportunities, the nation's capital experienced a 21 percent year-over-year decline in the amount of listings.

The slow pace of hiring growth contradicts the increasing need for enterprises to invest in cybersecurity staff and technology. According to an InformationWeek study, targeted attacks accounted for 26 percent of all data breaches in 2011.