Top 5 states for cybersecurity jobs

These states boast high average salaries and plenty of job opportunities, but that's not all that sets them apart.

It should come as no surprise that information security professionals remain a hot commodity. That has been the case for several years now.

Cyber threats continue to be on the rise in both frequency and intensity, cyber defenses remain inadequate to stem the tide, and demand for top cybersecurity talent is growing more urgent.

All of this is driving up salaries and benefits for cybersecurity pros, especially those with strong industry knowledge, business savvy and communication skills.

Comparitech, a reviews and comparison site for consumers, recently released the results of its cyber security salary and hiring study, which ranked states based on average annual salaries for information security analysts, number of workers currently employed in that role, rate of employment, and number of open positions, as well as long-term job projections, and other factors that make each state unique. All salary data was adjusted for cost of living, and a numeric score was obtained for each state.

Here's a look at the five top-ranked states and what makes them great places to work in cyber security.

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