Cybersecurity: In Demand for 2017
Published on July 25, 2017 by Brooke Tervola
Business Insider says that most American students are ignoring an entry-level job with an $80,000 starting salary. Curious to know what field this is?
According to Ashton Mozano, a cybersecurity professor at the University of San Diego, many entry level cybersecurity jobs have a starting salary of $80,000 or more annually.
Today, cybersecurity professionals are needed everywhere. According to Forbes, one million cybersecurity jobs opened in 2016 alone; so why are students skipping over this profession?
“An interesting thing about cybersecurity, is the size of its scope,” said Kyle Scanlan, junior web developer at Broadview University. “It covers everything from private government servers, to anti-virus software, to simple username/password protection (the latter often being considered the “last line of defense” in cybersecurity).”
According to Kyle, an important feature in cybersecurity that most people have heard about, is a “Firewall”. A firewall monitors all the incoming/outgoing traffic on a network. They provide a strong layer of security – often preventing some of the most common cybersecurity threats.
Here are some of the most common cybersecurity threats:
- Malware (short for “Malicious Software”): software intended to damage your computer
- Spyware: software that sends your data to a third-party without your knowledge/consent
- Spam: programs/applications that send unwanted messages to users, email groups, etc.
- Phishing: Emails or fake websites used to gather personal user information
- Denial of Service Attack: blocking a user’s authorized access to a network (these are often the big ones in the news – I.E. Target Hack – Yahoo Hack – etc. They call it “Ransomware” because users are asked to pay the hacker before gaining access back)
Demand for Cybersecurity:
U.S. News and World Report ranked a career in information security analysis eighth on its list of the 100 best jobs for 2015. They state the profession is growing at a rate of 36.5% through 2022.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The federal government is expected to greatly increase its use of information security analysts to protect the nation’s critical informationtechnology (IT) systems.
“There are plenty of openings in the lucrative industry of cybersecurity – which is a great reason to go to school and get a degree in information-technology!” said Kyle. Also, since cybersecurity is a “hot-button issue” in accordance with current events, I think many more people are developing interest in the subject.”
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