Category: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has become a buzzword in a world where less and less business is being done on paper.  

Let’s breakdown the word, cybersecurity is considered the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks and unauthorized access to data according to Tech Target.

Executives have begun to understand that cyber-security is a top-priority investment that will generate an ROI to make any investor sing in the event of a security breach.

Maersk Cybersecurity Attack

In 2017, international shipping company Maersk, found their digital infrastructure victim to a malware outbreak from NotPetya. Maersk who was not fully protected by cybersecurity, needed to reinstall “4,000 new servers, 45,000 new PCs, and 2,500 applications” according to Jim Hagemann Snabe at the World Economic Forum.  The infrastructure was reincarnated in 10 days, with a price tag of approximately $250-300 million.

Too often security is left to compete with productivity in American workplaces. According to a survey done by the Raytheon and Pomenon Institute, “52 percent of employees wish for lesser security measures with increased opportunities for enhanced productivity.”

Convenience is winning against proper security measures, largely because of personal mobile devices. Employees are able to increase productivity by answering emails on unsecured smartphones and work from home on their own devices. These mobile solutions spark productivity but make the IT community shiver.

With data breaches on the rise, securing data will become a consumer demand; and employees will train to maximize productivity in a secure environment. Mark my words: authorization will be the word of the year among IT security professionals. Learning more about how to grant authorized users access to data as quickly as possible, while preventing hackers from gaining access to sensitive data.

Here are 10 of the most common security breaches to be aware of:

  1. Malware
  2. Computer virus
  3. Rouge security software
  4. Trojan horse
  5. Malicious spyware
  6. Computer worm
  7. Botnet
  8. Spam
  9. phishing
  10. rootkit

Thankfully you and I likely won’t be the victim of a $300 million cyber attack, but everyday Americans find their identities and credit card information stolen.

Unfortunately, as technology becomes more advanced, so do cyber hackers.  Having a basic understanding of common vulnerabilities and anti-malware programs will help protect ourselves from security breaches.

Learning how to invest in cybersecurity and protect ourselves from malware becomes increasingly important as more information is being stored and synced between devices.

Now that you’re thoroughly aware of the importance of the cybersecurity industry, you may be interested to know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for information security jobs is anticipated to be at 37% from 2012-2022, while the average is about 5-9% in other industries. Some cybersecurity titles to keep an eye on in the job search would be:

  • Security consultant
  • Security engineer
  • Security architect
  • Incident responder
  • Security analyst
  • Security auditor
  • Chief information security officer (CISO)

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