In today’s digital world, we rely on technology more than ever before. We use computers and smart devices to communicate, shop, bank, research, travel, entertain, and much more. But the internet isn’t without its risks. Hackers, cybercriminals, and other criminals can exploit the systems we depend on to steal our personal information or cause damage to companies’ bottom lines. That’s why cybersecurity is so important.
Cybersecurity protects three main entities: endpoint devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones; networks; and cloud services. It includes tools and protocols designed to detect threats, prevent breaches, and recover from successful attacks. And it requires a mix of hard skills, such as computer science knowledge and programming abilities; and soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork.
Maintaining cybersecurity in a constantly changing threat landscape is challenging. Traditionally, resources were put toward protecting against the most well-known attacks, but that’s not enough anymore. Businesses need to shift their approach and focus on continuous monitoring, as well as real-time assessment of threats.
As a result, more people are pursuing careers in cyber security than ever before. From teen hackers who’ve gone legit to naval intelligence officers with a background in cyberwarfare, the path into this field is wide and varied. But one thing is clear: it’s a career worth pursuing. To find out more, we spoke with several cybersecurity professionals about how they got started and where they see the industry heading. Read on to learn more about their paths into cybersecurity and the work they do day in, day out. Security Operations Center