Cyber security is one of the fastest growing industries in the world – and it’s also one of the most important.
As people’s lives become increasingly dependent upon digital devices and businesses hold more and more of our personal data, the need to keep that information safe increases in significance.
Indeed, 90% of global internet users are worried about internet privacy, but only 3% and 4% trust the power players of Facebook and Google respectively to handle our information correctly.
A seismic shift in the way businesses think about online security and cyber crime is likely to be just around the corner, and learning the skills to become a part of this change could help improve your career prospects immeasurably and get you in a job you love.
What Is Cyber Security?
Cyber security is the process of protecting computer systems, websites, apps and other digital products against online crime. Common examples of cyber crime include cyber-extortion, identity theft and Denial of Service attacks.
You’re likely to have experienced attempted cyber crime at some point in your life. All those spammy emails that have dived straight into your junk mail are low-level attempts at cyber crime.
Likewise, you’ve probably got some form of cyber security protocol on your computer in the form of antivirus software. The likes of McAfee and Norton are designed to stop cyber criminals from installing damaging viruses or malware on your computer if you’re ever unfortunate enough to click a link in one of those dodgy emails.
The need for cyber security extends far beyond simply protecting a computers and private citizens though. Any software package, website, wireless network, smart device, hardware or even business infrastructure can be vulnerable to attack if it is not properly protected.
And with the Internet of Things now turning our fridges and washing machines into connected devices, even they’re vulnerable. So next time you lose a sock in the wash, maybe it’s been victim of a cyber hack!
What are the Cyber Security career opportunities?
With so many possible targets for cyber criminals to attack, it’s vital for businesses to ensure they have staff who are equipped with the necessary skills.
However, many have admitted that they don’t. A global survey of 1,500 ICT workers found that almost two-thirds of businesses believe they have a cyber security skills gap and more than half think they’re not equipped to deal with a threat.
Though this represents a problem for businesses, it opens up an opportunity for anyone willing to learn cyber security skills. The same report revealed that half of the businesses surveyed are actively looking to expand their workforce to cover their shortage, so there are plenty of jobs available.
In the words of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, the UK “need[s] a critical mass of new blood entering the profession to close [the] skills gap”, but the signs aren’t encouraging.
The National Security Strategy 2016-2021 makes it clear that there’s a lack of fresh blood entering cyber security via educational channels and UCAS has reported that there are fewer people pursuing STEM-related subjects at university.
This isn’t to say that you could just walk into a cyber security career, but but with businesses crying out for these skills, anyone who has them is likely to be very well placed.
So, how can I get into cyber security?
If all that sounds good to you, then one of Code Nation’s cyber security courses will be of interest to you. We offer two different programmes: a three-week short course (which we call Develop) and (coming soon) a 12-week immersive bootcamp (Master).
Both courses are full-time and based out of one of our modern and expansive campuses. However, while the Develop course is designed to give students an introduction to the fundamentals of cyber security, the Master course is much more in-depth and aims to turn you into a cyber security professional.
We focus on high-impact learning techniques that teach only the most relevant skills. And as we work with a group of partner businesses to mould our curriculum, we know that what we’re teaching is what businesses are looking for in new employees.
So if you’re ready to change your life and enter into one of the world’s most exciting and vital professions, get in touch!
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