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Cybersecurity Pros in Demand To Combat Data Breaches
Cybersecurity Pros in Demand To Combat Data Breaches

By Seth Fitzgerald
June 10, 2014 1:34PM

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For many years, companies knew that cyberattacks were potentially dangerous, yet cybersecurity was necessarily not top of mind. In light of recent high-profile data breaches, cybersecurity gurus are now in serious demand. One of the challenges they face is that even the best software cannot protect businesses against today's sophisticated attacks.
 



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A study of 253 U.K. corporations, conducted by security firm Tripwire earlier this year, found that at least 40 percent would need two to three days to detect a breach. Unfortunately, that's plenty of time for cybercriminals to go undetected as they steal and exploit private customer data.

For many years, businesses have known that cyberattacks pose a looming threat, but still, cybersecurity has not been as high a priority in the past as it is now. Some businesses that have not changed their attitudes toward cybersecurity fast enough are now dealing with millions of dollars in damages when their networks are hacked.

Antivirus tools from companies like McAfee and Symantec used to provide adequate protection for many businesses, yet those tools have proven to be quite insufficient as hackers have become more sophisticated.

Shortage of Cybersecurity Pros

With serious threats looming and a corresponding lack of security experts to lead the battle, Tripwire, for its part is launching a new program to attract students and new grads to consider a career in cybersecurity. Tripwire describes its "Cybersecurity Risk Manager LifeJourney Experience" as a web-based, interactive classroom experience that allows students from middle schools, high schools, and colleges to test-drive potential cybersecurity careers by "enabling them to live a day in the life of one of America’s cybersecurity leaders."

A career focused on cybersecurity is definitely an interesting prospect for new grads as well as current IT professionals looking for a lucrative niche. Consider, for example the fact that, as Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report indicates, more than one million cybersecurity positions remain unfilled around the world. Looking ahead, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the information security analyst field to grow by 37 percent through 2020.

“Unless the cybersecurity industry actively collaborates with academia, the shortage of cybersecurity professionals will continue to limit our ability to defend critical infrastructure and impact economic growth,” says Tripwire CEO Jim Johnson. “Programs like [Tripwire's] LifeJourney that accelerate math, technology, engineering and science literacy are critical to building the next generation of cybersecurity professionals,” Johnson added.

Certainly the demand for cybersecurity pros will continue to be high as the threat of cybercrime continues to mount.

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