Cybersecurity professional

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Cybersecurity is a vital part of a secure and well-ordered digital world. Cybersecurity professionals keep computer information systems secure for organizations. They help protect these important systems from internal and external threats such as malware, hackers, and social engineering.

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Cybersecurity professionals are in demand

31%

Cybersecurity is among the fastest-growing career areas in the United States. Cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% through 2029, over seven times faster than the national average job growth of 4%.

– US Bureau of Labor Statistics
3.5 million

There will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021, up from one million positions in 2014. Of these open positions, more than 2 million openings will be in the Asia-Pacific region and nearly 400,000 will be in Europe.

– Cybersecurity Ventures

Why are cybersecurity professionals so important? 

High-profile cyber attacks are becoming more common; they can affect the global market, a country's national security, and even your personal information. Cybersecurity is a fascinating and fast-growing field that helps protect businesses and people. With the right training and experience, you can be a part of this! There are many cybersecurity job roles that require different skills and experience. Some examples include:

    • Security operations center (SOC) analyst
    • Incident responder
    • Threat analyst
    • Security consultant
    • Security analyst
    • Penetration tester

Start building core skills for a cybersecurity role

  • Implement information security measures and controls
  • Work with tools to monitor network activity to identify vulnerable points
  • Deal with challenges in a controlled and focused manner
  • Engage with colleagues to act on breaches and resolve cyber threats

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