Cybersecurity Workforce

Wanted: Cloud Security Skills

As demand for cloud computing grows, so does the need to secure it. In a survey of its Technology Executive Council members, CNBC found that cloud and software-defined security are among the C-suite’s top technology strategies for 2020. As reported in this video, cloud computing tops the list, and it’s followed by machine learning, artificial intelligence and software-defined security. The CNBC Technology Executive Council has nearly 150 executives in various industries, 70% of whom participated in the survey. The survey shows that securing cloud environments is a major priority – not only for the C-suite but also for cybersecurity workers….

Switching from Other Fields to Cybersecurity Is Profitable

Here’s a bit of good news for anyone contemplating a career in cybersecurity: Cybersecurity workers who started their careers in other fields tend to get paid more than career-long cybersecurity professionals, according to new research. As reported by Security Boulevard, a survey conducted by Cynet, which makes breach detection tools, reveals that cybersecurity professionals with equivalent experience earn about the same regardless of whether they have a degree in computer science or a related engineering field. But those who started their careers outside of cybersecurity command higher salaries, a strong indication that employers – in the face of a skills…

Most Employers Don’t Pay Full Cost of Certifications

One of the most common complaints cybersecurity professionals voice about their employers is that they have to pay for certifications out of their own pockets. It’s not a trivial issue, since workers consider certifications their number one career hurdle, according the (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2019. Based on study findings, most employers don’t pay their cybersecurity workers’ certification fees. Considerably fewer than half of respondents in the study (37%) say their employers pay for them while 21% say they share the cost with employers. More than one third of respondents (35%) pay for all of their own cybersecurity certification costs….

So You Have Decided to Become Cyber Security Certified, Now What?

By Tony Vizza, CISSP, CCSP, Director for Cyber Security Advocacy – APAC at (ISC)² Toward the end of 2019, I met many aspiring women and men who approached me and said, “Tony, I want to become cyber security certified, how do I do it?” If you are reading this article, it is likely that you have made a conscious decision to do so. Congratulations on taking this step in furthering your career, skills and knowledge. You have made the decision to demonstrate to the wider world your hard-gained experience, knowledge and skills in cybersecurity and to prove to yourself that…

How Culture Makes Us Safer

As published in the September/October 2019 edition of InfoSecurity Professional Magazine By Wesley Simpson, COO There’s an untapped resource hiding in security departments that many of us may consider an intangible or even undefinable asset. When strengthened, it can have a drastic effect on an organization’s security and contribute to its overall value stream. I’m talking about building a strong culture within your cybersecurity team. There are some very tangible practices you can deploy within your team that can have a huge impact on engagement and satisfaction and make your business more secure at the same time. One way to…

How To Navigate An Uncertain Job Horizon

As published in the September/October edition of InfoSecurity Professional Magazine By Deborah Johnson Advice on how to mitigate a sudden job loss due to redundancy, recession or ‘rightsizing’. Diana Contesti was a business continuity planner at a major steel manufacturer in Hamilton, Ontario, when a recession hit the Canadian steel industry in the early 1990s. The economic contraction forced companies to cut jobs. Her employer called it “rightsizing” when leadership announced it would cut approximately 3,000 positions. The layoffs were based on seniority by department, and based on that criterion, Contesti knew she was out. “I was extremely worried. I’m…

A Lifeline: Patient Safety and Cybersecurity

By Lee Kim, JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, Director, Privacy and Security, HIMSS The most valuable part of the healthcare system is the patient. Patient safety is paramount in the healthcare sector. With the digitization of healthcare information, the free flow of information comes at a price. We need to be responsible stewards of healthcare information. Patients entrust us with their healthcare information and their lives. Those of us in the healthcare cybersecurity field have the unique task of protecting and securing patient information yet ensuring that the information is available on demand—especially when critical, life threatening situations arise. The Vulnerabilities of…

AI and Machine Learning In Demand – Top Jobs of 2019

Last week, LinkedIn released its third-annual Emerging Jobs Report, which highlights the fastest-growing jobs around the world. Topping the list in the United States is Artificial Intelligence Specialist, with 74% annual growth over the past four years. “This is the third year in a row a role related to machine learning or artificial intelligence has topped the list, and we can only expect demand to increase,” says Guy Berger, the principal economist at LinkedIn. AI is now applied across a variety of industries, including computer software, information technology and services, higher education and consumer electronics to name a few. Indeed.com…

Job Satisfaction Is High Among Cybersecurity Workers

Cybersecurity professionals face plenty of challenges in their work – there’s always something new to learn, cyber attackers are relentless and security teams are usually short-staffed. Still, nearly two-thirds of cybersecurity professionals (66%) say they are satisfied with their jobs. But that number jumps to 72% among cybersecurity workers whose employers pay for their certifications, according to the 2019 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. For professionals whose organizations pay for only part or none of their certification costs, the number drops to 63%. This is an important finding for employers who are trying to build their cybersecurity teams. Currently there is…

Cyber Threats to Healthcare on the Rise

Hospitals are set up to fight infections, but not necessarily the kind that has been plaguing healthcare institutions lately – malware. A new report estimates that cyber threats against healthcare targets increased 60% since January, surpassing the total number of threats identified in all of 2018. The most common threat targeting the healthcare industry is Trojan malware, which increased 82% in the third quarter from Q2, according to the report by Malwarebytes, Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: The 2019 State of Healthcare. Most of the Trojan attacks involved Emotet and TrickBot, which are the two most dangerous Trojans around since 2018….