Cybersecurity protects the systems that house sensitive information, critical data and important applications. It’s an essential field, with the number of cyberattacks rising and resulting in data breaches, lost productivity, financial loss, legal liability, and reputational damage.
A growing number of people are entering the cybersecurity career field, which is one of the fastest-growing areas of the workforce. Almost anyone can become a cybersecurity professional, with the right skillset and mindset. Many cybersecurity professionals come from other technical fields and have strong non-technical/soft skills that help them succeed in the industry.
The growth of the internet and digital technologies has given rise to a growing need for cyber security. Cyberattacks target both the information and the physical infrastructure that runs modern society. Critical infrastructure sectors include energy production and transmission, water and wastewater, food and agriculture, healthcare, and communications. They are all interconnected, meaning that attacks on any of them can have a ripple effect on other sectors and the overall stability of the system.
Some of the most common cybersecurity threats include malware, network-related vulnerabilities, and other forms of hacking. Malware typically targets a computer or device by exploiting software vulnerabilities. It can take the form of viruses, ransomware, spyware, phishing, Trojan horses, and other malicious software programs. Many of these programs are disguised as legitimate software and can be accepted by users without their knowledge. To combat this threat, it’s important to use encryption software that encrypts all data so that if it does get stolen by a hacker, they won’t be able to read it. Additionally, using multi-factor authentication increases the barriers to entry for hackers by making it more difficult for them to fraudulently access a system. Managed Detection and Response