What is Cybersecurity?
Preparing you for a career safeguarding society’s vital information
As society’s dependence on computers and the Internet continues to grow, so too does the prevalence of cybercrime.
Serving to protect the confidential data stored within computer networks, the field of Cybersecurity has emerged as a modern career opportunity that extends beyond the realm of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.
Guarding the private information of individuals, industry and government agencies, Cybersecurity professionals safeguard computer networks by identifying system weaknesses and defending against threats from hackers, viruses and worms. In addition to shielding computer network systems from unauthorized access, Cybersecurity professionals are key to defending against cybercrime and cyber terrorism.
Professional Responsibilities in Cybersecurity:
- :: Responding to sophisticated cyber attacks
- :: Gathering data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cybercrimes such as credit card fraud, auction fraud, intellectual property theft, pedophilia, terrorism, hacking, etc.
- :: Coordinating an organization’s information security preparedness
- :: Educating users on computer security
- :: Installing security software
- :: Monitoring the network for security breaches
Employed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Cybersecurity professionals are also called upon to engage in computer crime investigations – an emerging field also known as Cyber Forensics. As technology advances and changes on a daily basis, the rules governing the application of Cyber Forensics to auditing, Security and Law Enforcement must keep pace. Cybersecurity and Forensics professionals are charged with developing new techniques and procedures to provide security Professionals the tools they need to discover, collect and present evidence of cybercrime.
“There are many people of poor and evil motivation who are seeking to disrupt business and government and exploit any vulnerabilities in the digital universe.”
- John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General, 2001
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