Mississippi is home to many military installations, including the Air National Guard in Meridian; the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, which conducts scientific research and military engineering and boasts one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, according to the ERDC website. The NASA Stennis Space Center complex offers unique potential opportunities to information security analysts.
Mississippi also has gas and petroleum companies, and major hospitals and health centers, for which data security is a concern.
Tech Employers in Mississippi
Traditional technology firms are not yet a large part of Mississippi’s economy, but the region is rich in opportunities in the defense and aerospace sector, many of which have advanced technical departments and plenty of sensitive information to protect. For example, the state is host to defense and aerospace companies like Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and SAIC.
Employment Outlook and Salary Expectations for CISS Professionals
The BLS estimates that employment of information security analysts in the U.S. will grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020. However, its estimate groups information security analysts, web developers and computer network architects together, rather than focusing on information security analysts alone. Maryland currently offers no state-specific employment projections for Information Security Analysts.
*Source of table salary information, 2011 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Numbers are not exclusive to Information Security Analysts; they also take into account Computer Network Architects and Web Developers.