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Why Demand Keeps Growing for Cybersecurity Engineers




Have you seen the advertisements featuring children whose Internet-connected baby monitors are hacked?

One unsettling point of those ads is that adults are largely unaware of many cybersecurity threats. Experts note most adults don’t realize Internet-connected gadgets like baby monitors, smart thermostats, and connected refrigerators don’t have standard security controls, as indicated by CNET. These security deficiencies not only allow hackers to monitor homes, but also allow them to stage such disruptive stunts as yelling at babies remotely.

Little wonder the federal government reports more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, up 74 percent over the past five years, according to Peninsula Press, a project of Stanford Journalism. The need for information security professionals is expected to grow more than 50 percent by 2018.

Experts estimate a tenfold increase in such jobs within a decade. In fact, the demand for highly trained computer security experts is so great that educators are having trouble educating students fast enough to ensure the number of unfilled jobs don’t increase. Some educators aren’t teaching the sophisticated skills necessary, reported Network World.

“A number of collegiate programs and university courses focus solely on the technology, missing out on the opportunity to teach beyond the bits and bytes,” Network World reported. “There are business aspects that need to be taught - for example, understanding why security matters and what its value is to the business.”

The reason, of course, is that as computer systems and hackers grow more sophisticated, educators must refine course teachings. The most sought-after graduates are trained network security engineers who can design and implement robust cybersecurity solutions.

The work is intense and intricate, but such computer security professionals are financially rewarded, reported Peninsula Press. Cybersecurity jobs, on average, offer a premium of about $12,000 over the average pay for all computer jobs - the advertised salary for cybersecurity jobs in 2012 was $100,733 versus $89,205 for all computer jobs, Peninsula Press reported.

Professionals who want to become top-earning cybersecurity experts often hesitate to pursue intense studies, sometimes because they can’t afford the time for full-time study. The University of Delaware’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity provides the foundation theory and hands-on skills prospective network security engineers need to address these critical issues that touch every part of our world.

The online program focuses on engineering of secure software and systems, and students learn from active practitioners with strong corporate and military expertise. Graduates are at the forefront of the industry, prepared to engineer and execute sophisticated solutions that protect global systems and infrastructures.

University of Delaware’s graduates are among the sophisticated students who understand not just the terms, but also the nuances of cybersecurity.

Do you wonder if that’s really important?

John Oltsik of Network World, writing about cybersecurity excellence, described his conversations with chief information security officers (CISO) at various organizations.

“When I speak with CISOs, I always ask them if they have the right skills and an adequate staff to keep up with the cybersecurity workload,” Oltsik wrote. “The answer is almost always an overwhelming 'no,’ regardless of their organization’s location, size, or industry.”

Watch for meticulous, motivated graduates with top cybersecurity training from premier educators, such as those at the University of Delaware, to fill just those roles.

Sources:

http://www.cnet.com/news/several-baby-monitors-easily-hacked-security-researcher-finds/

http://peninsulapress.com/2015/03/31/cybersecurity-jobs-growth/

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/feature/Cybersecurity-professionals-Five-ways-to-increase-the-talent-pool

http://landing.online.udel.edu/MSCYBER

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3016593/security/creating-a-cybersecurity-center-of-excellence.html


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