India, Oct. 29 -- If the respondents to the 2018 Interop/Information Week Salary Survey are on target, security expertise is the way to get ahead in IT.

When asked which skills they were currently learning or planned to learn in the coming year, 47% of the participants cited IT security, making it the most popular response by a wide margin. By comparison, only 35% selected the number two skill - cloud integration/management - and just 27% selected leadership skills, which ranked third.

Those answers aligned nicely with responses to a similar question. When asked which skills they believed would personally benefit their careers or salaries, IT security was again the number one vote-getter overall, chosen by 36% of respondents.