National Cybersecurity Awareness Month comes to a close at the end of this week. In addition to providing tips on how to keep your business secure, the National Cybersecurity Alliance suggests that people may want to consider cybersecurity as a new career path.
Cybersecurity is one of the hottest sectors today, with new threats and challenges emerging each day. There is a huge push by both business and education sectors to attract individuals toward a degree and career in cybersecurity. Interested in joining this exciting new workforce? Here are a few reasons why pursuing a degree and career in cybersecurity might be right for you.
Hot job market
To say that the cybersecurity jobs market is hot would be a huge understatement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for information security analysts will grow by 32 percent by 2028. This means that cybersecurity professionals are among the most in-demand around the world and will be for years to come.
Infinite room for personal and professional growth
There is an abundance of cybersecurity jobs available, thanks to an ever-growing set of career tracks, cybersecurity offers a variety of different options for professionals to find a position that fits nicely with their own interests. Cybersecurity professionals work in everything from compliance to stress testing defenses and software, and there are virtually limitless ways that professionals can apply their skills and look to grow them.
Investment in advanced cybersecurity pays for itself
Due to the shortage of cybersecurity talent in the workforce, businesses and educational institutions are constantly rolling out new avenues by which to make cybersecurity careers more affordable. For example, new grants and scholarships are now becoming available each day for individuals interested in cybersecurity careers, while many businesses are beginning to offer tuition reimbursement or other financial perks. This means that a degree in cybersecurity may be much more affordable than many people may have originally thought.
In addition to the interesting work that cybersecurity professionals get to take on every day, there is also a growing selection of highly tailored cybersecurity graduate programs that can further academic knowledge in cybersecurity as well. For example, graduate degrees ranging from Applied Cryptography to Network Vulnerability and Detection are now being offered through colleges and universities. Additionally, as part of this deep-dive, cybersecurity professionals will also get the opportunity to network with other students from various backgrounds allowing them to open up further opportunities for future positions or businesses.
Christopher Newport University is one local school that offers cybersecurity majors and minors within their Computer Science curriculum. Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) also offers a variety of programs and courses. There are also a variety of online courses interested parties can take to get started on a path to a career in cybersecurity.