The Evolution of Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity as an industry has been around for more than 30 years and it is more relevant now than ever before. Today we face threats that affect technologies in ways we never imagined. From consumer connected devices to corporate or industrial systems and even public infrastructure any and all devices can become a target.
With companies storing increasing amounts of data and relying heavily on cloud technologies, battling against data breaches and service attacks becomes a top priority. Last week the U.S. Director of National Intelligence released a worldwide threat assessment that includes a range of technology and cyber-related threats that have become exceedingly cheap and effective over recent years.
As a result of the ever-increasing threats introduced by expanding our technological footprint, the responsibility for the protection of customer and company data becomes apparent. Protecting against cyber threats is an ongoing process. Attackers never stop looking for and abusing vulnerabilities anywhere they can be found. This leaves companies with a need that the current job market cannot catch up.
The Employment Situation
By 2021 there are likely to be as many as 3.5 million vacant cybersecurity jobs. This kind of employee shortage will leave companies and their customers at risk. Which is why now is the right time to start expanding the talent pool.
Cyber security training is a great way to get your current employees the information and knowledge they need to keep your company safe. There are several options when it comes to training, depending on what your business needs are.
- For a smaller company or when hiring entry-level workers, Security+ from CompTIA would be a good place to start.
- Larger companies may have satellite offices or work over a VPN. Here you will find security technologies like Pulse Secure or Fortinet work exceptionally well and offer great instructor led on-demand training.
- Service providers typically require high-level training from providers like Juniper Networks and Cisco.
However large or small your company is, cybersecurity is a real part of doing business in this age of technology. However, the right training and knowledgeable employees are the first and last line of defense. So choose wisely.