(BPT) - Almost every day there is something in the news about a computer hacker obtaining sensitive corporate information. Whether these cyber-attacks are the work of lone individuals or sophisticated organizations, the end result can be devastating. In fact, it has been estimated that such intrusions cost the nation’s businesses more than $114 billion every year.
It’s no wonder, then, that employment and career opportunities in cybersecurity are booming. Jobs such as information security analysts are projected to grow through 2020 at a rate of 22 percent, much faster than the growth rate for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But it will take more than just these professionals to protect the nation’s sensitive electronic infrastructure.
“The field of cybersecurity is much more than a cadre of technicians necessary to maintain essential core security measures. Truly effective protection of our nation’s cyber networks requires an interdisciplinary team of experts, working collaboratively and forward looking, in order for us to stay ahead of the bad guys,” says Dr. Jane LeClair, chief operating officer for the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College.
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