Career 101 – What is Cybersecurity
What is Cybersecurity?
Some people often ask these questions: what is cybersecurity? Why do we need to take cybersecurity seriously? What do we do with cybersecurity? As of today, all the things we do on our phones, tablets, laptops or computers solely rely on the internet. Besides, think of your online banking information, mobile wallets, private social media conversations and pictures and documents stored on a cloud. Have you ever worried about others trying to steal your identity and money? This is what cybersecurity is for. It is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks or unauthorized use of electronic data.
What is the Career Outlook?
As an industry with immense growth potential, there is always a significant demand in the cybersecurity workforce. According to research, in Canada, the job opportunities for cybersecurity professionals is growing by 7% every year. Additionally, the number of vacant positions worldwide by 2021 is 3.5 million. The annual salary is competitive compare to other workforces. Highly skilled professionals’ average annual salary is $97,000 in 2020.
What are the Duties?
As a cybersecurity professional, you are working to ensure to meet your company or organization’s needs. Some of your duties will include:
- To assemble and install computer networks and or systems
- To improve network performance
- To secure telecommunications infrastructure
- To protect electrical distribution systems
- To stop ransomware attacks
How to Become Career Ready for a Career in this industry?
To be part of this exciting field, a Cyber-Security and Cloud Computing Diploma is a great way to jumpstart your career! Once you get a college diploma, you will have a solid understanding of theories and able to enhance skillsets to prepare yourself in the workplace. Here are some of the entry-level positions for you to think of:
- Network Support Specialist
- Network security Operator
- System Administrator
- Security Administrator
- Cybersecurity Operations Analyst
If you are looking to build a career in this exciting field across the U.S. and Canada, here is good news for you! Bay River College is now partnering with EC-Council University (ECCU) for student transfer programs. You are free to transfer credits earned between ECCU and BRC for the Cyber Security and Cloud Computing Diploma Program!