Recently, ransomware attacks have been on the increase in school districts nationwide and there are no signs of it slowing up. This is happening because school systems typically suffer from a smaller IT staff, older equipment and less-than-optimal cybersecurity expertise. For cyber criminals, schools are becoming the low hanging fruit for theft.
The cybersecurity and tech job markets are booming and it’s a great time to be a job seeker or employee in this field. Just because there’s job security doesn’t mean that you should let off the gas pedal. As an employee or prospective employee in the tech field, you should always be looking for ways…
Natural disasters such as hurricane’s, earthquakes, and fire can put a school district’s data out of reach. These are obvious reasons to have a solid disaster recovery strategy in place. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that hit the East Coast (NJ, NYC, and Long Island), there were several school districts that were unable to gain access to their systems for days or weeks after the storm had passed. This made it impossible to generate transcripts, pay bills, and in some cases, process payroll.
There is a massive need for cybersecurity professionals today and the need is only growing. We’ve seen estimates of anywhere between 2-3 million vacant jobs over the next three years. The demand is definitely bullish and showing no signs of stopping. With this being said, breaking into an industry is always a difficult thing to do and nothing should be assumed, even with the massive demand of unfilled positions. Here are a few areas I’d suggest if you’re looking to not only get into security, but become successful.
There are countless IT certifications today. One of the best for IT Security professionals is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), sponsored by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2.
I have worked in the cybersecurity space for about 14 years now. I found my way into cybersecurity from being a network engineer who needed to fill a technology gap on my then team – as a security subject matter expert.
I have been approached over the years by folks looking to begin a career in cybersecurity and/or gain a much deeper appreciation of this field. There are many reasons for these inquiries and it’s not necessarily for the paycheck alone. It’s a role that comes with an incredible amount of responsibility and brings immense value to any organization. I know that for myself, helping organizations better secure their business assets, and as such- their overall business, makes me feel a sense of gratitude and accomplishment for my investment in time and experience to learn this craft.
Many hackers are opportunistic predators and will slide to the lowest common denominator when preying on their next victims. Over the past year we’ve seen hackers direct their attention to the education sector; particularly K-12. It’s always appalling when children are taken advantage of in any manner and having their data stolen, ransomed, or leaked is no different. These children are the youth of our nation and have no sense of what’s happening to the privacy of their personal data. These breaches could have long term ramifications on children long before they’ve even applied for college or been given a driver’s permit. We live in an age now where hackers will look to disrupt and take advantage of anyone to benefit their own cause. There is no honor among thieves.
Software Defined WAN (Wide Area Network) is currently a hot topic in IT conference rooms across the globe. SDWAN is not a new topic or product for that matter. So why all the hype about SDWAN?
Your identity is as dearest to you as your life. It is what empowers you to make connections, engage in social engagements, request credit loans, apply for lucrative job opportunities, create online bank accounts, and more.
The old anecdote of the frog placed in slowly increasing heated water, unaware of the gradually escalating danger of the situation until it is too late, is a poignant one for reasons other than the gruesome ending. It supposed purpose is to teach us that desensitisation to our sense of danger is possible when change occurs slowly enough not to be noticed.