The demand for cybersecurity professionals has grown more than three and half times faster than the demand for other computer-related jobs over the past five years. Twelve times faster than the demand for all other non-computer related jobs, according to Burning Glass Technologies. According to Forbes, by 2022, cybersecurity jobs are expected to increase by 37% which is more than three times the average growth rate for all other careers. Cisco claims the demand for cybersecurity professionals are expected to grow up to six million by 2019, resulting in greater job security. This demand is the result of an estimated 20,000 and 40,000 current staffing shortages, which are also expected to grow for years to come.
Many organizations and companies, who have not thought of having an IT staff or considering having some sort of computer security aspect of their everyday business routine, are now reconsidering. Almost every organization and business uses the internet to either hold personal (customer) data including names, addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards, along with listing employee records, payroll and billing. With the large amount data now being collected and stored on a network, malicious actors have found a new playground to play in. The spotlight is on the field of cybersecurity with big data breaches such as the recent Equifax hack and WannaCry malware hitting the headlines on a somewhat consistent basis. These staffing shortages are the result of organizations and businesses realizing the importance of having cybersecurity professionals both technically and/or non-technically, protecting from such attacks.
So why should you consider a career in cybersecurity?
- Explore both Technical and Non-Technical Opportunities
Cybersecurity positions can require a varying degree of technical proficiency. Those that wish to pursue technical work such as programming or networking can excel in the security industry. However, those that desire a less technical profession can apply their cybersecurity knowledge to other areas such as policy, awareness, or management.
- Understand the Increased Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals
If job security is an important element in career selection, look no further. As mentioned above, the demand is extremely high and shortages for this profession will only increase. With the proliferation of technology, cybersecurity continues to spread to every industry allowing security professionals to apply their skillsets in a variety of environments including the private sector, public sector, and academia.
- Cybersecurity is Important Work! Learn What You Can do to Assist
As more devices are being connected to the internet, an increasing amount of personal and confidential data is being put at risk. Being computer savvy can help protect those less knowledgeable in the field. Many people will at one point deal with a cybersecurity threat in some form and will need help. Cybersecurity professionals often provide committed, faithful and honorable service to their organizations, countries and society as a whole.
Wondering what skills you may need for a career in cybersecurity?
There are a variety of skills, abilities, and traits (SATs) that are critical in different types of cyber operations. Given the sheer number of SATs, it is difficult to identify which individuals have the greatest potential for cyber operations. Further, it is critical to determine if a specific SAT can be learned or reinforced. This webinar will describe some of these SATs and how they differ between cyber operators, technical, and non-technical personnel based on preliminary research. In particular, we propose methods for identifying and measuring the most relevant SATs.
CSIAC can help with your career in cybersecurity:
CSIAC has many resources available to help you with your career in cybersecurity or related fields. CSIAC’s cybersecurity community of practice is a great place to start. The CSIAC’s cybersecurity forum is especially important because it is where community members discuss the techniques, processes, and industry trends of cybersecurity.
If you are looking to become more cyber aware CSIAC’s Cyber Awareness Videos covers fundamental topics, such as phishing, malware, ransomware, and social engineering. Strengthen your cybersecurity posture by watching the all the short videos in the series. Also, CSIAC releases a new Cyber Awareness Video on a monthly basis. Subscribe to receive an email notification when new videos are released.
The Cybersecurity (CS) Digest is another great way to stay informed on the ever-increasing world of cybersecurity. The CS Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary for cybersecurity professionals. It is transmitted in an HTML-formatted email and provides links to articles and news summaries across a spectrum of cybersecurity topics.