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Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking: Computer Careers that will Grow

Summary of discussion

  • The job market for cybersecurity experts has doubled during this pandemic. All big companies need cybersecurity professionals. According to IBM, India will need 1.48 million cybersecurity professionals by next year and the supply is only a small fraction of the demand.
  • As companies struggled to create work-from-home set-ups for employees, the one aspect that was neglected by most was cybersecurity. With employees logging in from devices outside the perimeter of their company’s cybersecurity net, systems have become vulnerable.
  • New domains of cybersecurity are opening up, increasing the scope of employment. Cybersecurity skills are required for ethical hacking, threat auditing and assessment, security operation centers, incident response, IoT security, privacy, healthcare, biometrics, vulnerability assessment, and many other areas.
  • Those wanting to specialize in cybersecurity should initially focus on one of the domains.
  • Cybersecurity is a multidisciplinary field that is still evolving. To become an expert, you must have a passion to keep learning.
  • Computer science or an IT degree is not a prerequisite for a career in cybersecurity. One of the cybersecurity heads of CISCO is a BA in history from Calcutta University. Cybersecurity teams need people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Hacking is not a negative word. Bad hackers use their knowledge of computer systems for bad purposes, ethical hackers plug the vulnerabilities. Every big company needs ethical hackers to protect itself from cyber-attacks. 
  • Protecting the country’s critical infrastructure, like hospitals, roads, and information networks, from faceless, borderless enemies is also a part of cybersecurity.
  • Cryptography, analytics, statistics, law, forensics, AI, ML, IoT, and communication protocols are all interlinked with cybersecurity. The subject is boundary-less, hence students need to be all-rounders.
  • Cybersecurity jobs are demanding and are typically not 9-to-5.
  • Cybersecurity training is mostly hands-on, hence access to good labs are important. Cybersecurity professionals should make use of online courses offered by the best institutes in the world.
  • Cybersecurity is important even at a personal level. Using licensed software, passphrases with special characters and numbers, and doing sensitive transactions over VPN are important.

Summary of discussion

  • The job market for cybersecurity experts has doubled during this pandemic. All big companies need cybersecurity professionals. According to IBM, India will need 1.48 million cybersecurity professionals by next year and the supply is only a small fraction of the demand.
  • As companies struggled to create work-from-home set-ups for employees, the one aspect that was neglected by most was cybersecurity. With employees logging in from devices outside the perimeter of their company’s cybersecurity net, systems have become vulnerable.
  • New domains of cybersecurity are opening up, increasing the scope of employment. Cybersecurity skills are required for ethical hacking, threat auditing and assessment, security operation centers, incident response, IoT security, privacy, healthcare, biometrics, vulnerability assessment, and many other areas.
  • Those wanting to specialize in cybersecurity should initially focus on one of the domains.
  • Cybersecurity is a multidisciplinary field that is still evolving. To become an expert, you must have a passion to keep learning.
  • Computer science or an IT degree is not a prerequisite for a career in cybersecurity. One of the cybersecurity heads of CISCO is a BA in history from Calcutta University. Cybersecurity teams need people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Hacking is not a negative word. Bad hackers use their knowledge of computer systems for bad purposes, ethical hackers plug the vulnerabilities. Every big company needs ethical hackers to protect itself from cyber-attacks. 
  • Protecting the country’s critical infrastructure, like hospitals, roads, and information networks, from faceless, borderless enemies is also a part of cybersecurity.
  • Cryptography, analytics, statistics, law, forensics, AI, ML, IoT, and communication protocols are all interlinked with cybersecurity. The subject is boundary-less, hence students need to be all-rounders.
  • Cybersecurity jobs are demanding and are typically not 9-to-5.
  • Cybersecurity training is mostly hands-on, hence access to good labs are important. Cybersecurity professionals should make use of online courses offered by the best institutes in the world.
  • Cybersecurity is important even at a personal level. Using licensed software, passphrases with special characters and numbers, and doing sensitive transactions over VPN are important.
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