What is Cybersecurity?

by Gary Sparks

Information stored on computer networks is among a company’s most valuable assets. Yet, intruders can gain access to computer networks via any connection to the outside world or even within the office.

Every business will have a need for security. No matter how large or small, an intruder can disrupt operations or take information that is vital to the success of the business. Some industries traditionally employ security professionals are the Department of Defense (DoD), Financial institutions, Medical facilities and clinics as well as Utilities.

Acquire the skills to balance and manage the inherent risks of doing business in a networked world while allowing users access to information they need. You will learn to formulate and implement an information security policy, manage information assets, and design a successful security infrastructure as well as communicate with senior executives on the importance of cybersecurity and its impact on the mission of the organization. You will also get vital hands-on experience in defending against attack and intrusion, and disaster recovery preparation. The AAS in Cybersecurity maps to the roles in two major areas: Operate and Maintain and Protect and Defend.

Entry Level Roles include:

  • Cybersecurity Specialist/Technician
  • Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigator
  • Incident Analyst/Responder
  • IT Auditor
Over the eight-year period tracked, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs is expected to grow by 350 percent, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021. The cybersecurity unemployment rate is at 0%, and there could actually be 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021.

Source: Morgan, Steve, “Cybersecurity Talent Crunch to Create 3.5 Million Unfilled Jobs Globally by 2021”, 24 Oct 2019, Cybercrime Magazine, 15 Nov 2020, https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/