As the Internet of Things grows and grows, it continues to contribute to the fourth industrial revolution, connecting appliances all over the world to networks that are vulnerable to hackers. Getting your Masters of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering could be getting you a good looking salary in the world of today. Furthermore, professionals are encouraging students to consider going into cybersecurity due to the skills gap prevalent in workplaces today.
Shockingly, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance of the U.S., 67% of millennial men and 77% of women say that they were never told what the word 'cybersecurity' meant and were never educated on the career prospects in cybersecurity when they were in middle or high school.
IBM estimates that in 2015, there were 4,000 cyber attacks and $18 billion in credit card fraud. IBM's Watson (the company's cognitive - almost life like - computing system) will be instrumental in fighting cyber crime. IBM has launched 'Watson for Cyber Security' and will be tested out at eight different universities in the United States. IBM is hoping this will fill the current skills gap with the application that will scan through text to find threats lurking in areas of sites on the internet.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that security analysts positions will grow by 18% in the next year. The annual salary that they can look forward to would be $90,120 annual with a bachelor's degree. Not too shabby.
"Employers look for and typically require around five years of experience for security engineers but potential employees find experience hard to come by since there are few internships," Amy Justice, senior security and compliance consultant at SDGblue, told Lane Report.
"The demand for cybersecurity has increased greatly in the last few years. There have been a large number of public data breaches...There are also a lot of rumors about banking breaches. The next big hacking targets will be cars, medical devices, and home security devices. Everything on the internet can be hacked," said James Walden, associate professor and director of the Center for Information Security at Northern Kentucky University.
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