A fast-growing tech field that welcomes women

Fortune

As business and government keep gathering staggering amounts of data and putting it to work, devising ways to protect it from hackers is a bigger, more complicated headache with every passing day. The latest case in point, among many, of the mess that results when the black hats win: The cyber break-in at the U.S. Postal Service earlier this week.

So, it’s no surprise that companies plan to hire at least 3,000 more data-privacy analysts and managers in the next 12 months, according to a new survey by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The group now has about 19,000 members in 80 countries, up from 14,500 earlier this year.

American companies spend $2.5 billion a year to protect their data, and “we expect that to reach $3 billion in 2015,” says Trevor Hughes, the IAPP’s president and CEO, who foresees even more and faster growth beyond that. “The…

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