Michigan has been a leader in cybersecurity since Governor Rick Snyder launched the Michigan Cyber Initiative in 2011. The number of jobs advertised for cybersecurity analysts, engineers, auditors, architects, and administrators in Michigan increased by 117% between 2010 and 2014 according to the tech staffing firm Burning Glass Technologies.
With the Michigan Economic Development Corporation making a concerted effort to attract cybersecurity talent to the state, job growth in this high paying field should be even greater in the coming years. As it stands, cybersecurity jobs pay 9% more than other IT positions on average, and this trend is expected to continue as demand grows for qualified specialists.
Michigan has a unique opportunity to enhance its cybersecurity profile through its automotive industry. As cars become increasingly high tech, and automotive manufacturers move towards driverless cars, rigorous automotive cybersecurity will be key to the success of these ventures. Cybersecurity in the automotive industry exhibits such promise that the US Chamber of Commerce dedicated an article to it under the title “Detroit News” on its website in 2016.
In addition, Michigan’s concentration of key defense and military procurement facilities and national involvement in homeland security discussions puts the state’s companies into “a prime position to tap into the market for cybersecurity products and services” for both the DOD and the DHS according to a publication entitled “Michigan Cyber Initiative 2015—Leading the Nation” Published by the governor’s office.
With the leadership of the Governor, Michigan was the first state to create a CSO position that encompasses both cyber and physical protection. Snyder played a prominent role in the establishment of the National Governor’s Resource Center for State Cybersecurity and was recently named chairman of the National Guard Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.
Key cybersecurity efforts from Michigan’s government include:
The Michigan Intelligence Operations Center (MIOC) – Operates round the clock serving the private sector and local, state, and federal agencies to share cybersecurity threats and other types of intelligence related to homeland security
The Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) – Coordinates the combined efforts of cyber emergency responders
The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps – Designed to grow rapid response teams to respond to major cyber incidents
The Michigan Cyber Range –
- A public-private collaboration between the government, National Guard, universities and colleges, K-12 schools, and private industry
- Provides a solid foundation in cybersecurity through hands-on coursework, labs, and exercises
- Aligns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education
- Operated by Merit Network Inc
The Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) –
- Trains K-8 students to stay safe and protect themselves online
- Won national awards
Salaries for Cybersecurity Analysts and Administrators in Michigan’s Major Cities
According to the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, cybersecurity specialists in the major cities of Michigan can expect to earn salaries within the ranges shown here. Master’s-prepared analysts and administrators have the advanced credentials necessary to command salaries on the high end of these ranges:
Data Security Analysts:
- Ann Arbor: $111,746 – $157,528
- Detroit: $110,095 – $155,200
- Grand Rapids: $94,131 – $132,696
- Lansing: $93,581 – $131,920
Information Security Administrators:
- Ann Arbor: $107,083 – $151,743
- Detroit: $105,500 – $149,500
- Grand Rapids: $90,203 – $127,823
- Lansing: $89,675 – $127,075
Network Security Administrators:
- Ann Arbor: $93,581 – $131,920
- Detroit: $89,675 – $127,075
- Grand Rapids: $88,675 – $127,075
- Lansing: $87,763 – $124,950
Salaries for Information Security Analysts in the Major Cities of Michigan
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed salary data for information security analysts working in the major cities of Michigan. Information security analysts with a master’s degree can expect to earn salaries in the 75th and 90th percentiles: