cyber threatsIf you pay attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed that cyber threats are becoming more common throughout the world. And those who engage in cyber-attacks are becoming more adept as the tools necessary to carry out the attacks are becoming more available. With the increased threats comes an increased need for skilled cyber security professionals to counter the threats.

Cyber Threats on the Rise

A report released in July 2017 by Accenture Security found various cyber threats on the rise during the first half of 2017. This rise in cyber threats is due in part to more numerous and diverse attacks, as well as greater availability of exploits, tools, encryption, and anonymous payment systems available to malicious actors.1

In mid-2017 there were two large-scale malware outbreaks that attacked worldwide businesses, governments and non-profit institutions. These two malware attacks, known as WannaCry and Petya, were reportedly linked to North Korea and Russia. As such, the attacks “appear(ed) to be government-sponsored and aimed at creating chaos and achieving strategic geopolitical goals,” reported Accenture.

Additionally, Accenture found an increased “cyber-criminal use of deception tactics, including anti-analysis code, steganography, and expendable command-and-control (C2) servers used for concealment.”

To effectively respond to these threats, Accenture recommended industries “meet these challenges with equally aggressive defense strategies, including user education and the integration of threat intelligence and risk assessment into business operations.”2

The Need for Cyber Security Professionals

Despite the increasing cyber security threats worldwide, experts argue that there is a serious lack of qualified professionals to counter these attacks.

“The single biggest trend, globally, is that there are chronic work shortages of qualified cyber security staff. It’s an absolute epidemic,” said Cybersecurity Ventures analyst Steve Morgan, as quoted in The Register.3

To respond to these challenges, businesses, industries and even the federal government are expanding cyber security operations in the United States and worldwide.

On Aug. 18, President Donald Trump elevated the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, which oversees the defense of the military's information networks and conducts cyber-operations. This elevated status means that Cyber Command, which has been “primarily focused on defending the military's cyber-infrastructure,” is moving forward to take on a role in “offensive operations,” according to CNN.4

Small businesses are feeling the need for increased cyber security as well. Almost 60 percent of small business owners are concerned about cyber security threats, according to the Small Business Index released by MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.5

From the federal government to small businesses, the need for more and better cyber security is widespread. And more cyber security requires more professionals with the skills and expertise needed to combat cyber threats.

Launch Your Career in Cyber Security

Careers in cyber security are in high demand. In fact, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. And the median annual wage for this industry was last projected at $92,600 year, or $44.52 per hour.6 Information security analysts often advance to become chief security officers or another type of computer and information systems manager.

The first step to launching your career in this lucrative field – and to protecting important institutions from cyber threats – is to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Grantham University.

Students in this online degree program can choose a Computer Science Concentration to prepare for a cyber security career by studying computer crime, computer forensics, ethical hacking, computer crime scene investigation and criminal intelligence analysis. (Students may also pursue a Homeland Security Concentration.)

A degree in criminal justice from Grantham arms you with the knowledge and skills you need to fight against growing cyber security threats across the country and throughout the world. Be sure to contact us today to find out how you can get started!

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1http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170725005441/en/Accenture-Security-Report-Identifies-Top-Cyber-Threats
2https://www.accenture.com/t20170721T220639Z__w__/us-en/_acnmedia/PDF-57/Accenture-2017-cyber-year-threatscape-report.pdf#zoom=50
3https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/24/chronic_shortage_qualified_cybersecurity_bods/
4http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/18/politics/trump-cyberthreat-command/index.html
5https://www.uschamber.com/sbindex/index-summary.html
6https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-1

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