It’s hard to turn on the news or pick up the paper lately without reading about sensitive information being leaked. This is happening locally and nationally. For example, a scanning device was recently discovered at a credit union ATM leaving thousands of accounts vulnerable to identity theft. On a national scale, former CIA and NSA computer specialist Edward Snowden was accused of leaking top-secret details about U.S. surveillance to the press.
Threats to information security like these are growing. According to a recent USA Today article, The Department of Homeland Security processed about 190,000 attacks against “critical infrastructure” in 2012, up from under a dozen in 2009. Rising cybersecurity threats have consumers and corporations both nervous. As a response, banks, retailers and other companies are beefing up their cybersecurity and adding new jobs. About 65,000 new cybersecurity jobs are expected through 2020.
A degree in cybersecurity is a great step toward becoming qualified for one of those jobs.
Cybersecurity field growing quickly