As the economy slowly begins to recover from the recession of the last few years, businesses are reprioritizing and looking for key positions to face current challenges. One main focus, according to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, is cybersecurity. The rising tide of cybercrime is a threat that no business can ignore. The amount of malware doubled last year, and cyberfraud and other online scams are increasing at a frightening rate. Cybercriminals are attacking businesses of all sizes through sophisticated ploys – from targeted strikes on employees to money mule schemes.
The numbers support the growing need for cybersecurity professionals; jobs in the field increased by 25 percent in the first quarter of this year. Companies in every industry – from health care to government – are looking for internet security experts with a specific skill set, particularly in cloud computing and identity and access management. Since these professionals are in short supply, skilled security researchers can pick from a variety of opportunities. One candidate, sited anonymously in the San Francisco Chronicle article, stated, “It is definitely an employee’s market right now. If you’re a high-profile security researcher, you can pick whoever you want to work with and you should be able to get in.”
While other professions are still struggling, the cybersercurity field is booming, and the future looks promising. Since it’s safe to assume that cybercrime will continue to be a problem for both the private and public sector, businesses are acting now. Major companies like Google, Amazon and eBay currently have openings for a variety of security jobs. Similarly, the government is taking definitive steps to recruit skilled internet security professionals. In February the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at protecting the nation from cyberattacks. The bill focuses on education and recruitment as the means to combat cybercriminals. According to Representative Michael Arcuri, a supporter of the cybersecurity bill, the U.S. needs to hire 500 to 1,000 “cyber warriors” annually to keep up with the current rate of cybercrime.
In the past couple years, job opportunities have been few and far between; therefore, the wealth of cybersecurity openings provides evidence of the major challenges presented by cybercrime and the extensive resources required to combat it.