The Front Lines of Cybersecurity

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Front Lines of Cybersecurity

Every year, the big data companies possess grows exponentially, which is why cybersecurity is an ever-growing field at all levels of business and government. According to the FCC, “Theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft.”

The more sensitive the information, the more money a company spends protecting it. For this reason, cybersecurity positions are opening at a rate faster than can be filled.

Cybersecurity and Business Analytics

As technology becomes more advanced, so does the hacking of technological devices. Cybersecurity no longer consists of using simple firewall software to keep unauthorized users from your digital files. Hackers have developed aggressive malware and skill sets to completely take over the computers and networks of unsuspecting users, sometimes even without their knowledge. Individuals working in cybersecurity must be aggressive in their defense tactics to avoid cyberattacks. Constant upgrades to software can help prevent attacks by changing the information a hacker needs to know to find their way in.

Business analytics has provided companies with extensive information to learn, grow and create future business decisions with for a growing number of years. As companies gain more information, they may turn to cloud computing to ease growth. Cloud computing can increase opportunities for small and big business by expanding internal capabilities and user interface opportunities. As more businesses transition to cloud computing for convenient IT resources, additional steps need to be taken for cybersecurity in order to protect company and client information, that without precautionary steps, is exposed to additional risks.

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Cybersecurity Specialists

The Department of Homeland Security is no exception to companies looking for cybersecurity experts. As the department responsible for everything from border security to emergency response in the United States, they recognize the immediate threat of cyberterrorists and the need to be prepared for an attack. They are now protecting citizens not only from physical dangers but from threats to our nation’s networks and information systems.

The positions they are looking to fill require skills like cyber incident response, cyber risk and strategic analysis, and vulnerability detection and assessment. These skills fall under the job description of several different specialties of cybersecurity, like cybersecurity engineers and analysts, as well as other positions that help protect the different areas of cyberspace. Cybersecurity defense, and the funds allocated to prioritize it, make this a booming field for information technology specialists to grow their skill sets in, as these jobs pay higher than an average IT position and are in high demand.

The importance of cybersecurity will only continue to rise for small businesses as well as corporations. While it’s important to have specialists that secure your networks, it’s also important for anyone who works with a computer to recognize signs of cyberattacks in order to prevent or stop them as soon as possible. The wealth of information business analytics provides offers perspective for potential business opportunities and is valuable to more entities than just the businesses to who they belong. Acquiring some additional skills could provide IT specialists with an array of growing opportunities in cyber defense.

By  Devin Morrissey Embed

Devin writes from Daly City, CA, and spends his weekends coaching rugby and collecting records. He writes on anything and everything, aiming to become an expert in both.


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