Keeping information systems secure is a big challenge for many businesses, especially as the threats continue to grow.
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The need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is already huge. And it's getting bigger.
It's estimated that upwards of 38 billion devices around the world will be internet-connected by 2025.
And with more of us working remotely and relying on online services for everything from grocery deliveries to medical consultations, people who can keep those systems secure will find their skills in ever-greater demand.
But is a university degree necessary to get started in cybersecurity?
The short answer is no. Many job postings do call for a degree, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't land those roles without one.
In many cases, employers are more interested in what you can do rather than what credentials you hold. It's more about proving your skills on the job rather than in the classroom.
Exactly what skills do you need and what are employers looking for? Here's what you need to know.
Few fields are as hot as cybersecurity.
The massive shift to remote work and online services during the pandemic has generated huge demand for IT security experts.
The Government of Canada Job Bank estimates that the country will be short thousands of systems analysts (including security analysts) over the next few years.
And these are high-paying roles, with a median salary of more than $80K.
So you're smart to be thinking about getting into this field.
But if you're completely new to IT, it can be challenging to choose the ideal training program (especially if you want to avoid a 4-year university degree). What course should you choose?
In this post, we outline the top traits of a quality cybersecurity diploma. A diploma is a good alternative for people seeking comprehensive training that is much shorter than a degree.
Here's what to look for in a good cybersecurity diploma for beginners.
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.
Cybersecurity focuses on protecting information systems and electronic devices against malicious digital attacks.
If you’ve ever had your email or social media accounts hacked, you’ve seen what happens when cybersecurity measures fall short.
And attacks on major companies are constantly in the news. Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Uber are just a few of the big names that have had their systems compromised in recent years.
So you’re probably aware that cybersecurity is a hot field. But before you make it the focus of your career, you need some more information.
In this post, we explain exactly what the cybersecurity field involves, what job options it offers, and how you can get started in the industry.
Here are the facts you need.
The demand for cybersecurity professionals has never been so high. Some experts say millions of IT security positions are going unfilled because there just aren't enough people with the right skills.
Herzing's accelerated Cybersecurity Specialist training program was specifically developed to turn out grads who can fill that shortage.
Derek Lewis is the Vice-President of Academics at Herzing College Toronto. He has extensive experience in both cybersecurity and education.
We spoke with Derek recently to learn about the latest trends in the IT security field, what employers are looking for, and what makes Herzing's program so unique.
Here's what we found out.
Image: Fortinet presentation on the risks of IoT devices at the RSA cybersecurity conference
If you follow the world of cybersecurity, you've probably heard of Fortinet. In just over 20 years, they have become the largest cybersecurity company in the world.
Fortinet dominates the industry with over 800 patents, 50 hardware and software products, and billions in yearly revenue.
Fortinet provides integrated cyber solutions for all kinds of organizations, from hospitality and health care, to financial services companies and governments.
But did you know that Fortinet is also a cybersecurity training provider? They partner with educational institutions across the globe, helping schools deliver cutting-edge training.
Most importantly, they provide globally-recognized cybersecurity certifications that help newcomers prove their expertise, learn how to use Fortinet products, and advance their careers.
So, we're very pleased to announce that Herzing College is now a Fortinet Academy partner.
This week, we interviewed Al Nasturzio, Director of Training and Education Partners at Fortinet, to get all the details on how this partnership will benefit our IT and cybersecurity students.
Cybersecurity is one of the biggest skills gaps in today’s job market. Canada is suffering from a major shortage with thousands of unfilled information security jobs.
The United States is short about half a million cybersecurity specialists, and experts predict we’ll have at least 2 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide by 2022.
Covid-19 has only added to the problem. As a huge segment of the global workforce shifts to work-from-home, hackers are taking advantage of remote network vulnerabilities.
Meanwhile, many cybersecurity specialists have been reassigned to IT support roles, helping team members get set up from remote locations.
The global consensus is clear: cyber threats are evolving at a faster pace than IT security teams can handle. We need more talent and we need it now.
Herzing College launched a new Cybersecurity training program to meet this need. It takes just 12 months and it's available online.
Find out what Herzing's Cybersecurity course has to offer.
It's no secret that skilled cybersecurity professionals are in huge demand.
Some experts project that by 2022, the world will have close to 2 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs.
And in a 2020 survey of Canadian IT security executives, more than three-quarters said they were having trouble hiring and retaining cybersecurity talent.
There simply aren't enough qualified people. That spells big opportunity for newcomers with the right cybersecurity skills.
But which specific skills are currently in demand? Which ones can boost your employment potential the most?
In this post, we round up the 7 most important cybersecurity skills right now, based on market research and employer surveys.
Cybersecurity is a hot field. We're seeing a massive skills gap in this industry with huge demand for trained professionals all over the world.
Some experts say there are over 3 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide. The shortage of talent is making it easier for newcomers to land their first job - and giving salaries a good boost, too.
Hoping to ride this wave and break into the industry? One way to begin is by earning globally recognized cybersecurity certifications
Certifications can make a big difference for beginners. In a survey by ESG and ISSA, 44 percent of cybersecurity pros said certifications were just as important as hands-on experience when it came to finding a job.
But there are so many options at so many skill levels. Which ones are best if you're just starting out?
In this post, we take you through 5 of the best cybersecurity certifications for beginners plus tips on how to prepare for exams.
Let's dive in.