Computers are not ingrained into every level of our infrastructure. School children use them on a daily basis. Security is always a concern. For example, the US government has recently initiated plans to launch a project to combat child sexual predators.
The UK has also stepped up plans to lower the age that school pupils can gain cybersecurity training from 14 years to 11 years. This will be done in the hopes of promoting and stimulating awareness of this particular field of expertise.
Cybersecurity is certainly big business now that technology has evolved to the point where over a third of the world’s population now has access to the internet. We’ve got security guards protecting our money in banks. We have security guards protecting the places we shop. It’s only a matter of time before more skilled individuals and groups are hired to patrol the internet and protect from dangerous factors that can cause untold damage on a financial, personal and even physical level.
Securing the future
Is cybersecurity a viable career option? Certainly. You only have to look at the facts to see it’s a lucrative and validly needed role in pretty much any sector or industry that conducts business online.
Here are a few key pointers from the recent 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report:
- Spam email is reducing, however the proportion of malicious spam is consistent.
- Online threats alerts have grown 14% year-on-year.
- Due to online presence increasing exponentially, so is the ‘surface area’ for potential cyber-attacks.
- Most organisations have been compromised already and don’t even know.
As the internet becomes bigger, it’s only logical that securing it also grows in importance. Cybersecurity can’t afford to be relegated to specific regions or industries anymore. Whilst it’s vital that every member of a workforce is aware of security protocols, there has to be key personnel dedicated to the detection, prevention and elimination of online data threats.
Thankfully, across the world, businesses are understanding that cybersecurity is a needed resource. For example, San Diego County in the US is expecting a 13% growth in cyber-sec firms. They estimate a 2.2% growth in total employment over the next 12 months. Cybersecurity roles are expected to grow by a staggering 25%.
Findings from a recent report from Burning Glass Technologies state that in the last 6 years, cybersecurity job postings have increased almost 75%.
Salary wise, the average US-based cybersecurity role was £56,000 for an experienced employee. This is £9,000 over the average salary of IT professionals overall. Whilst the survey was conducted in America, it is not too far removed from the general trend for cybersecurity roles elsewhere in the world.
The advantages of learning about how to protect against online threats is clear. Computers and the systems they use are not going away. This is not a passing fad that will be phased out. Computer technology and the internet is only increasing in popularity and overall usage. Becoming a cybersecurity professional is one of the few career choices that might just be future-proof.
About the author:
This post was written by Tom Williams for HANDD, providing expert online file security and Managed File Transfer solutions.