5 Reasons to Start a Career in Cybersecurity in Manitoba

Keeping information systems secure is a critical job in today’s tech-dependent world.

Cyber criminals continually find new ways to access sensitive information, interrupt business operations, and just generally cause havoc.

Some experts estimate that data breaches will cost businesses more than $5 trillion a year by 2024.

Organizations in Manitoba, across Canada, and around the world desperately need talented cybersecurity pros who can shore up system defenses and stay ahead of the hackers.

A role like that has much to offer, including good earning potential and high job satisfaction.

So why should you consider starting a cybersecurity career in Manitoba? Here are 5 of the top reasons.

1. THE NEED FOR CYBERSECURITY PROS IS GROWING

With cybercrime surging, so is the demand for cybersecurity specialists.

According to tech industry analysis firm Canalys, the number of reported data breaches has been rising steadily since 2017. And when the pandemic hit, that number just exploded.

That’s when much of our work and daily lives suddenly moved online—and cyber criminals really took advantage.

In fact, Canalys says more records were compromised in 2020 than in all of the preceding 15 years put together.

On a local level, cybersecurity attacks in 2020 alone led to almost $450,000 being stolen from a Manitoba municipality and two law Manitoba firms being locked out of their computer systems.

More skilled people are needed to keep things like that from happening.

The Government of Canada Job Bank expects the country will have a shortage of more than 14,000 system security analysts over the 2019-to-2028 period.

In Manitoba specifically, the TECHNATION site lists dozens of cybersecurity job openings, many of which are at the entry level.

And looking ahead, the provincial government estimates that employment of systems security analysts will grow by 19% between 2020 and 2025.

So the opportunities are definitely out there, and should continue to emerge over the coming years.

 

2. CYBERSECURITY SALARIES ARE HIGH

You can make good money in the cybersecurity field.

According to the Job Bank, system security analysts in Manitoba have a median salary of roughly $83,000.

Notably, that’s even higher than the overall Canadian median of $82,000.

With talent and experience, it’s possible to earn a six-figure income. The Job Bank says the top system security analysts in Manitoba make over $116,000.

 

3. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF CYBERSECURITY JOB OPTIONS

Cybersecurity is a broad field, encompassing everything from network and application security to disaster recovery and user education.

Industry expert and Herzing vice-president Derek Lewis says cybersecurity newcomers have several possible paths.

“You could start out as a help desk cybersecurity first responder. This involves taking calls from organizations who are reporting potential hacks and helping them work through first steps to confirm and address those breaches.

Another option is assisting senior penetration testers. This would involve tasks like social engineering information gathering.

For example, you would scour company and employee information to see what is public and available online and develop profiles like hackers would, to manipulate end users and gain access to the company’s systems.

Then you would present that information to the users to show them how vulnerable they are and explain steps and procedures to improve cybersecurity.”

 

4. THE CYBERSECURITY FIELD OFFERS CHALLENGING, SATISFYING WORK

Cyber threats are continually changing, which means you constantly get new challenges to analyze and problems to solve.

And knowing that your work has a real impact can be immensely gratifying.

In fact, a 2020 workforce study by (ISC)2 found that 79% of cybersecurity pros in North America were satisfied with their jobs.

That was up from 71% in the same survey a year earlier.

 

5. COMPREHENSIVE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING CAN BE QUICK AND CONVENIENT

You can develop the skills you need through college-level cybersecurity training.

Herzing’s program provides intensive training in security monitoring, digital forensics, ethical hacking, and disaster recovery—all in just 12 months. Training is delivered online, so you can enrol and study from anywhere.

Derek says Herzing’s Cybersecurity diploma gives students the cutting-edge knowledge and skills employers want.

“We equip students with all the tools and technologies needed to protect systems. But we also focus strongly on those fundamental skills that help them build a long and successful career in this quickly evolving industry.

We teach students how to be critical thinkers, how to look at workplace and not just secure the network or server, but the entire environment.

Essentially, we teach students how to think like a cyber criminal. This is how you learn to anticipate attacks, identify weaknesses, and develop effective defense policies and procedures.”

 

EAGER TO START A CYBERSECURITY CAREER IN MANITOBA?

Begin by exploring the online Cybersecurity diploma from Herzing College.

The program is only 12 months long. A 100-hour internship is included.

Training also includes preparation for 4 globally recognized cybersecurity certifications that can help you advance your career.

Click below to get complete program details and chat live with an Admissions Advisor who can answer any questions you have. We’re here to help!

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