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Should You Consider a Career In Cybersecurity?

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(April 3, 2019)--Cybersecurity is a booming industry that is expected to grow to $105 billion by the end of 2020. It’s not surprising that the industry is doing so well. Cybercrime is on the increase and is expected to cause damages that exceed the $2 trillion mark during 2020.


“What does all that have to do with a career in cybersecurity?” you might ask. Well, it’s pretty simple – the ever-increasing number and sophistication of cyber attacks that target not only individuals but high-profile international companies as well, mean that there is a high demand for qualified experts to start fighting back.


And it’s not just the big corporates that are looking for help. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cybercrime, and the consequences of an attack for them can be pretty dire. Many of them don’t survive longer than six months after an attack, which is why they take cybersecurity issue very seriously.


It's bad news for the businesses, but it’s good news for you if you’ve got a knack for computers and an eye on establishing a good career. With the right training and some experience, it won’t be long before you can start commanding a decent salary with the right firm.


Or you could even start your own business and act as a consultant to firms who want to protect themselves but can’t quite afford a full-time consultant.


There are a few varied career options here as well. Cybersecurity encompasses a lot of different areas. That could mean writing programs to sniff out malware, analyzing systems for weaknesses, developing plans to cope with and recover from breaches, or even making procedural changes to strengthen existing security measures.


If being hands-on is not your particular area of interest, you could train others on the topic instead. Perhaps you’re more interested in tracking down cyber criminals and getting justice for their victims. Law enforcement agencies globally are always looking for trained specialists here.


If you have some talent in this area, it won’t be long before you’re able to write your own ticket, no matter what direction you decide to take.


What does talent in this area mean? It does mean having a keen eye for detail and a talent for strategic thinking. To do well in this field, you need to be able to think a few steps ahead of potential cybercriminals.


In this industry, there are no consolation prizes – you’re only a success if you can head off an attack. Think of yourself as a bodyguard for the cyber realm. No one hears much about the bodyguard whose principle is killed on their watch. In much the same way, no cybersecurity expert wins prizes for almost foiling an attack.


Overall, it’s a career that should never become too staid and boring. No two days will be alike and you’ll never find yourself short of work. Hackers are always looking for loopholes to exploit, and new security measures are constantly needed to fight them.


Would you like to pit your wits against some of the best criminal minds in the world? Then the exciting world of cybersecurity could be the right move for you.

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