Three ways you can play a big role in cyber security

March 05, 2015

Hackers aren’t slowing down any time soon. They’re coming up with new, creative ways to disrupt businesses and steal valuable information. In February, details emerged about one of the biggest bank heists ever, with Russian hackers looting hundreds of millions of dollars from banks around the world.

Those banks join businesses like Sony, Anthem, Home Depot and others that were hit hard by hackers in the past year.

How are businesses responding?

The impact of being hacked is tremendous. McAfee estimates that cybercrime costs the global economy over $400 billion annually. As a result, companies are investing in technology, corporate security and their workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than 27,000 information security analyst jobs will be created by 2022.

Today’s rising technology leaders have a global challenge on their hands.

You can play an important role in cyber security

There is a growing demand for skilled Computer & Information Science (CIS) leaders that have the training and expertise to take on unprecedented levels of cyber security attacks. If you’ve got a passion for information technology, and a desire to advance your career, here’s how you can help play an important role in cyber security:

  1. Sharpen your skills. There’s a concern that hackers are outpacing security experts and that private companies simply cannot compete with their opponents. You can stay up to speed by following resources like TED Talks on security or "security guru" Bruce Schneier. You can also hone your skills in the classroom. Regis University offers graduate CIS programs for technical programmers and developers who are looking to advance their careers in technology leadership positions. Courses like MSIA 670A Enterprise Information Assurance or MSIA 674 Planning and Implementing Architectural Security that deal with real-life issues like legal and ethical implications of deploying information assurance measure and focus on people and values just as much as they do on computers and technology.
  2. Collaborate with your peers. If you’re still in school and looking to put your skills into action, consider a cyber competition. In February, Regis hosted the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition that put teams of students from six different states through a simulated cyber attack. Regis’ team beat out a handful of competitors, taking second in the Rocky Mountain region. Challenges like these give students a great opportunity to fine tune their skills, work in a team environment, and showcase their strengths to potential employers.  
  3. Take it personally. Think about this for a moment, our entire lives are online. We put a lot of faith in technology and our private data staying private. You may know someone who’s been affected by a data breach. How has it impacted their life and their family? Consider it a challenge – if you could impact one person, maybe you could impact 100. Can you set network security policies for a ten person company that can scale to a 100 person company? You’ve got the power to make a real difference in the world.

As a technology leader, you have the opportunity to bring value to your workplace and to the world around you. Cyber security is complex and ever-changing; do your skills need some fine-tuning? An accredited degree from Regis will help position you to reshape the face of technology.