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Underpaid Malaysian IT security pros can quadruple earnings overseas: HITB Jobs

AvantiKumar | Oct. 9, 2009
According to new Malaysian-Bulgarian joint venture recruitment initiative

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 OCTOBER 2009 Malaysian IT security professionals could earn three to four times more in Europe or the Middle East, according to a newly-launched Malaysian-Bulgarian joint venture recruitment initiative.

Malaysian ICT professionals have earned the reputation of being both qualified and capable and this country is emerging as a significant contributor to the global ICT industry in both human capital and technological innovation, said HITB Jobs (Malaysia) managing director, David Michaux, adding that the company is a new subsidiary of Hack In The Box (Malaysia).

Unfortunately, wages in Malaysia are not aligned with global pay scales, said Michaux. A capable information security professional can expect to earn between three to four times their Malaysian wage in an equivalent position in the Middle East or Europe.

In addition, by beefing up their organisations with skilled information security practitioners organisations can tremendously improve the level of information security and lower the cost of supporting their IT infrastructure, nowadays primarily done through vendors and external consultants, he said.

Hack In The Box (HITB) is the owner of HITB Jobs and owner and organiser of HITBSecConf, the largest network security conference in Asia and the Middle East. The event is endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation & Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), the Malaysian National Computer Confederation (MNCC) and the Malaysian government agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

Bulgarian-Malaysian security professionals

HITB Jobs, a joint venture between HITB and NDMTeam, an information security company in Bulgaria, would search for, evaluate and recruit highly skilled information security professionals for companies that wish to bring their information security in-house' and for those looking for professionals with specific security skills, said Michaux.

In addition, Michaux said that according to data presented by Gartner at its Information Security Summit 2009, the global information security market is expected to grow by eight per cent in 2010 to US$16.3 billion. Accompanying this increased spending in information security infrastructure is a growing demand by companies across the world to find ways to wrest the greatest business benefit from their investment. For many companies, this is through bringing their information security in house' and freeing themselves of the expensive product-driven service contracts of security vendors.

Malaysia and Bulgaria are both homes to communities of highly skilled information security professionals, which until recently, have been largely under-rated by the global IT community, said NDMTeam chief executive officer, Tsvetan Dobrev. Our collaboration with HITB in HITB Jobs is happening at the most opportune time as the HITB Security Conference makes significant strides into Europe through HITB Amsterdam.

One of our strongest differentiators at HITB Jobs is our close affiliation with Hack In The Box (HITB), added HITB Jobs's Michaux. By leveraging HITB's wide range of security technologies, we're able to truly measure and quantify the skills of information security professionals and test the claims set forth in their resumes. 


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