"Regulation drives spending," says George Tubin of GT Advisors. "You're in a situation where the regulators are telling you, 'You have to do something; you have to make improvements.' Therefore, the bank has to spend some money on technology."
One problem tracking IT security employment is the dearth of information. Even the most trustworthy organization in collecting employment data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, furnishes infosec data it cautions aren't reliable.
"What happens in Vegas got 19 people busted," says Robert Siciliano, a McAfee consultant and ID theft expert, on the latest busts. "The fight against card fraud is beginning to look like the war on drugs."