As the internet and digital technology continue to grow and become more central to everyday activity, so too do the risks associated with a hyper-connected life.
Think about the headlines over the past few months: Massive data breaches, companies selling personal information, browsers snooping on your sessions — these are all examples of new security threats that will need a talented and well-trained workforce to contain and eliminate.
The cybersecurity field is currently undergoing a massive shift. Once thought of as part of IT departments, or only really required for military outfits and massive financial institutions, cybersecurity is now the concern of just about any company or organization of any size, shape, or affiliation.
Data shows that cybercrime, including identity theft and fraud, are growing fears among all parts of the population.
If there is a silver lining in all of this, it’s that opportunities for cybersecurity experts are growing exponentially. What was once a specialty within computer science is now becoming its own field.
And what the means are lots of job openings and competitive salaries.
But it also means that schools — at all levels from industry certification to Ph.D. programs — are developing new courses and curriculum to meet the industry’s growing need for qualified candidates that understand cybersecurity’s cutting edge.