- October 13, 2018
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Cybersecurity Future- Cybersecurity is very obviously a job sector of the future. Official estimates put job growth in the sector at 37% per year at least through 2022 – and that is probably conservative. At the start of this year there were an estimated half million cybersecurity jobs unfilled in the U.S. alone.
Even entry-level pay is about $10,000 better than the national median salary, and those who reach the C suite are getting into the $500,000 range.
That’s the good news. It’s also the bad news, for society. Because the main reason it is a job of the future is because the cyber risks of a connected world keep expanding and getting more threatening.
It’s now so last year – even last five years – to refer to the Internet of Things (IoT). It is now, or soon will be, the Internet of Everything (IoE). Encryption guru, author, blogger and CTO at IBM Resilient Bruce Schneier calls it Internet+ (short for Internet+Things+Us) in his most recent book, “Click Here to Kill Everybody.”
It is a world where pretty much everything and everybody – individuals, companies, governments, critical infrastructure – are increasingly dependent on connected systems, networks and devices.
And, as we all see in daily headlines, those systems, networks and devices remain insecure; and criminals, terrorists and hostile nation states continue to get better and more sophisticated at exploiting their vulnerabilities.
That yields inevitable results – stolen identities, compromised credit cards, emptied bank accounts, files encrypted by ransomware, massive theft of intellectual property and – more ominously because of the physical risks – hacked smart home door locks, hacked implantable medical devices, intrusions into critical infrastructure and more.
All of which means there is no end in sight to the rapidly growing demand for white hats who can detect, block or at least mitigate the unending stream of attacks from the black hats.
But that raises a few other relevant questions, especially during Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Among them: Is society’s cybersecurity awareness at a level that will lead it to produce enough skilled workers to fill all those vacant jobs and make the future Internet+ or IoE more of a benefit than a threat?
Certainly it is possible. But if society is going to do it successfully, it has to be aware that, as is the case in most industries, it’s not just a “job” – it’s a long and varied list of jobs.
Gary McGraw, vice president of security technology at Synopsys, compares it to the medical field.
“You need lots of different kinds of skills to have a good healthcare system,” he said. “Some are EMTs and first responders. You need nurses and doctors of all different kinds – from general practice to brain surgery. And you need different numbers of all of them.”
McGraw said it’s both glib and misleading simply to say, “We need a million more people in cybersecurity,” because it tends to create an image of all those people doing essentially the same thing.
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Article Credit: Forbes
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