10 hottest tech skills for 2017

Are your assets bankable in 2017? Hiring managers say they'll seek out these skills most in the New Year.

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26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

As manager of information management systems at the Central Pension Fund, Gregory Drauch oversees nine people who support 70 employees at the Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization. He says he's now assessing what skills he needs for the upcoming year but already expects to add security competencies to the mix.

"Security is an ever-evolving threat, and it takes work to make sure your own skills are up to date," he says.

As an IT leader at a small organization with a small tech team, Drauch sees the need for all IT staffers to have security proficiencies so that infrastructure and data security become routine parts of everyone's duties. "If it's not built in from the start, security is much more difficult to incorporate effectively," he says.

Drauch plans to hire a consultant to help him strengthen the organization's security posture and engage a managed security service provider for penetration testing. He hopes to use both to train existing team members in current best practices and security technologies -- because the high salary that a full-time security professional commands in the current market is a stretch for an organization of Central Pension Fund's size.

Karsten Scherer, the global analyst relations lead at TEKsystems, says even companies that are able to pay top dollar have trouble finding seasoned security professionals, particularly individuals with recognized credentials such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). "There are far fewer people in the market than there are jobs for them," he says.

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