The world of cyber security is constantly evolving and adapting to fight threats from attacks around the world. Advances in technology and improved accessibility lead to ever-increasing amounts of data and online transactions that need to be protected. While many might expect the majority of these jobs to be in local, state and federal government, you may be surprised to learn that a large number of cyber security jobs also appear in industries like healthcare, financial services, professional services and retail.
The Fifth Estate
Governments, and subsequently defense contractors around the world are one of the biggest employers of cyber security professionals. Many IT experts pursue government jobs because of high demand and a desire to complete important and meaningful work. As the government continues to develop and integrate advanced IT systems and global networks, data is being produced at an alarmingly exponential rate. Sensitive data abounds and requires dedicated, skilled individuals to secure, monitor and analyze every detail that may pose a risk to the United States or any other country.
The Digital Vault
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The widespread use of online banking has revolutionized how people around the world handle their finances. Of course, as convenience increases, so do the number of threats that hackers and other net swindlers pose to honest people trying to find safe, secure ways to conduct financial transactions. One of the biggest struggles for financial institutions, including credit and debit card providers, is balancing convenience and speed with security. Banks, for example, work with third-party vendors and contractors, making new digital connections to millions of locations around the world, and creating more points of vulnerability that require trained professionals to protect. Demand is high and options are prevalent for talented, professional cybersecurity specialists in this industry.
Under the Stethoscope
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Another industry intimately cyber-connected to the people it serves is the world of healthcare. Medical facilities have sensitive, privileged information for every individual they treat and need to be alert to any weaknesses their systems may have. These facilities provide a public good, much like law enforcement groups, and are subject to HIPAA and other stringent laws and regulations in regards to patient-doctor confidentiality, so much is at stake. In fact, a study by eSecurity Planet shows that 51 percent of healthcare executives interviewed find cyber attacks as a serious or very serious threat to their business continuity.
In Your Wallet
Food/beverage and retail are other industries where cyber security jobs are becoming more prevalent. Employers are recognizing the significant risk to their revenue streams when customer data and transactions are left unprotected. A "2013 Online Fraud Report," from CyberSource, found that online fraud resulted in about $3.5 billion in revenue losses in North America in 2012 alone.
Landing That Cyber Security Job
Across all of these industries, cyber security roles include engineers, analysts, auditors, architects and consultants. Like other IT jobs, qualifications for cyber security jobs tend to include a strong combination of education and experience. Apart from technical skills and gaining industry certifications (e.g., CISSP), the know-how to apply those skills to business and policy issues, along with problem-solving skills, teamwork, and critical thinking gained via a cybersecurity degree are also key to a successful cyber career. Obtaining experience through internships and volunteer work will also push you towards the top of the applicant pool.
The rapidly changing face of technology creates widespread demand for cybersecurity professionals every day. Jobs for digital security can be found in nearly every industry. If you want to be on the forefront of this exciting field, an online Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Utica College can give you the leg up you need.
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