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Cybersecurity and the War on Terror

When you mention cybersecurity, a few things may come to mind.

Often the first line of thinking is consumer data protection.  High profile hacking incidents with companies such as Target and Home Depot brought the issue to the forefront and increased the public awareness.  You may associate cybersecurity with protecting business data.  How many times a day do you receive an e-mail that could easily contain a virus?  All it takes is one employee to open a bad attachment to cause a company’s network to go haywire.

A reported 60 million people were affected by a recent credit card data breach at Home Depot. That's larger than the data breach at Target. It affected around 40 million people.

A reported 60 million people were affected by a recent credit card data breach at Home Depot. That’s larger than the data breach at Target. It affected around 40 million people.

The United States government is concerned with cybersecurity for a number of reasons.  For one, the protection of their employee data.  Just this February, hackers published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees, a day after releasing similar data for 10,000 Department of Homeland Security workers.  Millions of records were stolen from the Office of Personnel Management’s network in 2015.

While these cybersecurity incidents involved defending networks and data, a new initiative by the U.S. government involves taking the offensive. Today in Germany, President Obama addressed new efforts against ISIS involving cyber operations to disrupt the enemy’s command-and-control and communications.   The U.S. Cyber Command, based in Ford Meade, Md., hopes to stifle ISIS’s efforts to attract new recruits and spread propoganda.

cybersecurity command center

A report from Cisco puts the global figure at one million cybersecurity job openings in 2016, expected to rise to 6 million by 2019 with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million.

Thinking about a career change?  Cybersecurity workers can command an average salary premium of nearly $6,500 per year, or 9% more than other IT workers, according to the Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs 2015 report published by Burning Glass Technologies.

Carolina Career College offers cybersecurity certification training and career placement assistance.  Schedule your tour today!

 

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