Step Up To The Pragmatic Cyber Security Challenge

By   Professor John Walker
Visiting Professor , Trent University (NTU) | Mar 02, 2017 09:15 am PST

There is a shortage of skill in the disciplines of Cybersecurity – but at the same time, such skills are in high demand, driven by the high levels of Cyber-Attacks, Cyber Criminality, and regular breaches and compromises of big name organizations. Thus, companies are seeking out skills from qualified and competent professionals to assist with securing systems, data, and their extended perimeters. However, the requirements for skills does not stop there – and extend out to sub-cyber specializations, such as Digital Forensics, SOC (Secure Operations Centre) Analyst’s, and CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response) specialists to provision support for post attack conditions, and investigations.

According to the US source, the ‘Bureau of Labor Statistics’ these Cyber Security Skills are also financially lucrative, with the report concluding that competent professionals working within this field earn an average salary of $116,000 per annum – or in UK currency around £50 per hour as an entry point. Which is why, right now with the backdrop of Cyber-Skill shortage, this is a moment in time for those with aspirations, to change over to the world of Cyber-Security, and those sub derivatives of this specialized skill-sets. Those who have the basic commercial components of what IT is; or for the post graduate’s students who have studied relevant subjects who wish to move on into a lucrative career with long-term prospects – leveraging their base understanding of technology, with a view to evolving them into the spiralized disciplines of the Cyber Security Professional, or the Digital Forensics Responder/Investigator.

Here possibly the main component to achieving success is to is to accommodate a deep level of understanding in the field of the chosen discipline to maximize their opportunity of longer term pragmatic success. For a person who is not already Cyber prepared, the best advice is to take up a course which will prepare them to the pragmatic operational level, by instilling the required skills, methodologies and techniques to make them a well-rounded, and effective competent professionals with hand-on capabilities.

The bottom line may be concluded as – given the current state of Cyber Adversity – successful attacks, and the obvious threat to the global economy, a move over into the Cyber Industry may not only be a good prospect for employment in 2017 and well beyond – but for those who have the required level of skills, they will have a good opportunity to make a contribution to an interconnected society who are currently at HIGH RISK.

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