What Are The Job Prospects And Future Of Cybersecurity?
How can you make sure your career path coincides with an industry that will experience guaranteed growth? Whether you have just entered college or are thinking about a change, one surefire job prospect takes cybercrime and identity theft head-on. Hewlett-Packard and the Ponemon Institute note that the costs of cybercrime and cybercrime prevention have risen for 4 consecutive years. Today, the annual cost of cybercrime for a business has risen to nearly $12 million. How can you launch a career in the services of information security, combating cybercrime?
Though graduating students may have had little experience with any kind of academic background in cybercrime and cybersecurity, those heading into school or back to school have a variety of options to choose from. Until recently, the only option for cybersecurity education required self-teaching. Today, however, universities offer entry-level and advanced courses in stopping cybercrime and identity theft. These are not blanket courses: some universities offer courses explicitly preventing credit card fraud, while others teach students how to stop phishers in a cloud of emails.
The occupational outlook for cybersecurity looks strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the current media pay for information security amounts to $75,000 per year, nearly twice the earnings of the average American. What’s more, the field is growing fast, needing to add over 20 percent more jobs by the end of the decade than there are currently employed — some 60,000 positions. With the potential for rapid job advancement due to a lack of competition, cybersecurity represents one of the most productive career paths for any incoming or soon-to-be-graduating student.
For those who want to climb the career ladder as an information security specialists, large numbers of jobs in private sectors offer the chance. Browse jobs at LifeLock.com to find openings in one of the largest companies devoted to identity theft protection and information security. This identity theft service hires cybersecurity specialists to help out customers who want proactive protection against the risks of hacking and phishing. E-security businesses are eager to provide their services to corporations. The Ponemon Institute goes so far to offer corporations a data breach risk calculator to determine how much financial loss they stand to face by a cyberattack. The demand for employees to face these threats will only rise in the near future.
Some students have a choice upon graduation of whether they would rather ply their trade to government entities and have a stable job or choose the private business world, with the chance of greater rewards. Information security leads down the same two paths, but with greater rewards. The National Security Administration highlights Centers of Academic Excellence in an attempt to bolster their number of cybercrime specialists, showcasing a fast-track for students interested in working in federal intelligence agencies. The NSA has full-time job openings with benefits and pensions, making it an attractive option for cybersecurity specialists who may not want the instability of private business work.
About the author:
Gladys Lawson is a technology whiz from Indianapolis who enjoys writing about a broad array of technology topics. She enjoys backpacking and took a gap year to back-packed round Europe.