Need of the Hour: Cyber Security Professionals

Two weeks ago, Skillspire hosted a free seminar on Cyber Security for Software engineers. Over 40 people had registered, but very few showed up. Regardless, we were elated to have Khaja Ahmed, Head of Google Enterprise Cloud Security talk to us. With over 30 years of experience in Cyber Security under his belt, he started the talk with how cyber security threats have grown exponentially. He was joined by Hassan Khan, who has over 15 years of professional experience in cybersecurity and software development. Both mentioned the big demand for skilled professionals in the Cyber Security field.

In an article in Forbes about Cyberthreats: a 10 year perspective, it talks about the global cost of cybercrime estimated to be $600 billion, a significant jump from $445 billion in 2014. Cybercrime is not going away. It is just too lucrative and very easy to pull off. According to experts, these threats are more profound in three areas for the future.

  1. Email Threats are Becoming More Sophisticated
  2. Mass-Computing Power Will Continue to Drive Exploits
  3. The Rise of Cryptocurrencies

Cyber security is essential for our most important and private information, from our bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, according to CyberSeek, there is a dangerous shortage of Cyber Security professionals in the US that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.

There are 200,000+ Cyber Security related job openings that are unfilled, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess these skills. Jobs requesting Cloud security skills, for example, remain open 96 days on average – longer than any other IT skill.

There are many opportunities to start and advance your career in Cyber Security pathway. This figure shows the various pathways from entry level to advanced roles. To help bridge this widening gap, Skillspire is excited to offer a new course for Software engineers with at least one year of software development experience. Keeping in mind the time constraints that professionals face, we are offering this intensive course over two weekends.

This cyber security course will cover the OWASP Top 10 most common vulnerabilities in web applications and will teach you to identify and address them before the hackers do. This cyber security knowledge will give you the edge to land your next high-paying in-demand job.

 

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