The consequences of a major data breach have never been greater and with the risk of huge fines, companies are doing more than ever to ensure the protection of their data and the need for trained cybersecurity professionals are on the rise.
It is evident that cyber crimes are on the rise and whether big or small, no organisation is safe with nearly half of attacks being committed against smaller businesses. So if you’re planning a career change and want to step into the exciting world of cyber security keep reading!
With multiple breaches reaching our headlines, cybercriminals show no sign of slowing, for example, let’s take a look at British Airways; for more than two weeks in 2017 hackers stole personal and financial information of customers who made or changed a booking on their website or app during this time. Some of this information included names, email addresses, and credit card information and around 380,000 transactions were affected. Initial reports suggest that BA blamed a ‘sophisticated’ group of cybercriminals. From this information, it is easy to understand that this is an area of growth and for any organisation who wants to protect their consumers, cybersecurity will need to be a critical area of integration for any modern business.
According to Corero Network security, there is a worrying increase in the number of attack attempts on businesses with an astonishing 91% increase between July and September 2017. Along with these increased attacks, there is an estimated global shortage of 2 million cyber security professionals, which means that IT positions are having to evolve by taking on the role of cyber security which only means you’ve either got the perfect opportunity to begin training as a cybersecurity professional or you need to upskill in order to keep up with the growing demand.
How Much Could I Earn?
According to Computerworld’s IT Salary Survey, it shows that not only are cybersecurity skills in high demand but they are also the third highest paying IT sector!
Where do I start?
To begin your new career path, education and training should be at the forefront and you can learn everything you need by completing one of our IT Cyber Security courses, where you will master the advanced techniques required to protect network resources from external threat and address real-world challenges. You can find information on our cybersecurity course and more here.
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