10. Certified Ethical Hacker
Holders of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification bring in an average salary of $103,297, according to the survey, up from $95,155 last year.
Created and managed by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), the certification tests the ability of IT professionals to prod for holes, weaknesses and vulnerabilities in an end user’s network defenses using hackers’ methods. While a hacker would be interested in causing damage or stealing information, a CEH would be interested in fixing the deficiencies found.
CEH exam topics include scanning networks, malware threats, session hijacking and denial of service.
The need for CEHs in quite high, according to Global Knowledge, given the volume of attacks, amount of personal data at risk and possible legal liabilities.