Cyber Security
A growing IT industry

Cyber Security – A growing IT industry

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September, 2017

Written by:

Ezaz Sojatwala

World Wide Web also modernly known as Cyberspace is an electronic world created by interconnected networks of information technology and the information widespread on those networks. It is a global platform where more than 1.7 billion people are connected together to exchange ideas, services and information.

We competently navigate our way around this cyberspace, downloading and uploading information, reading and writing on various websites, receiving and sending emails and other numerous things.

Nowadays many of the businesses are now moving quickly to adopt the most modern digital applications, including next generation utilities and mobile technologies.

But how secure is this connection? Breaching the privacy of people, collecting vast amount of personal data from computers, hacking websites and stealing huge amount of confidential information is the concern in today’s world.

Almost every month, a major company is hacked and millions of personal records are stolen.

With the recent HBO Channel cyber attack, the whole world is shocked with the emergence of Cybercrime at an advanced level.

So to keep that in control and prevent such theft, an organization would require qualified candidates who would maintain a strong network security.

Subsequently, scope for Cyber security professionals in data protection system of the nation, companies, etc., have increased tremendously.

Cyber security is referred to as information technology security that focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, modification or destruction.

CSO, an agency in USA that provides information about security and risk management states that the number of cyber crimes will be more than triple the number of unfilled cyber security jobs, which is predicted to reach 3.5 million by 2021. The cyber security workforce shortage is even worse than what the jobs numbers suggest. As a result, the cyber security unemployment rate has dropped to zero percent.

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According to Betakit.com, Canada is well-positioned to be a global leader in cyber security. The intersection of Canada’s financial centre, Toronto, and the city’s tech landscape is a major reason why the region has grown into a global hub for cyber security. Due to which many Canadian colleges like Lambton, Fanshawe and Seneca offer specialized diploma courses in cyber security. They provide students with key concepts of information security, technical and practical job skills necessary to secure, protect and defend network framework and an organization’s confidential data assets. Its curriculum provides a broad understanding of cyber security concepts, industry best practices for information security and key security concepts that will protect an organization against fraud, data breaches and other vulnerabilities. The program is designed to prepare digital security professionals with the ability to manage, provide policies and guidelines, review and ease risk and integrate advanced security solutions.

Similarly in Australia, Cyber Security is one of national’s security priorities. The Joint Cyber Security Centre program is a partnership between business, government, academia and other key partners to enhance opportunities for collaboration on cyber security. Many Australian Universities like New South Wales, Swinburne, LaTrobe and Deakin offers Bachelors and Masters courses in Cyber Security.

Cyber Security graduates will develop highly marketable skills that are required in the rapidly increasing cyber security field. They need to proactively execute sound security practices to alleviate security risks and retort quickly to security breaches and issues that may have occurred.

The scope for cyber security will always remain high as technology is increasing and we will always need to secure this technology. This field will be ever growing because of growing digitization.

References:

http://betakit.com/why-canada-is-well-positioned-to-be-a-global-leader-in-cybersecurity/

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/security/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html

https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/custom/LambtonApps/Programs/International.aspx?id=2147513852

https://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtections/CyberSecurity/Pages/default.aspx

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