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8 Things Cybersecurity Professionals Need to Know

Find out what lies ahead in the world of cyber security

The growing popularity of the internet of things (IoT) increases the need for cyber security and cyber security professionals. Secure networked connections are the backbone of trillions of dollars of global economic and information activities.

So, what do cyber security professionals need to know about what lies ahead with IoT?1 Here is a quick look.

8 Things Cybersecurity Professionals Need to Know

  1. There will be much more to defend. By 2025, an estimated 21 billion devices will be connected,2 greatly widening the space that cybersecurity professionals will need to defend.
  2. Artificial intelligence will continue to grow in scope and more data on our habits will be collected.
  3. Privacy and security concerns will grow as more devices connect directly to networks rather than to WiFi routers.
  4. Incident recovery, or remediation, will become more urgent and complex, especially for businesses facing heavy financial loss in the face of a cybersecurity breech.
  5. An expanded risk to human life will surface due to the increasing number of critical life-saving systems relying on computer networks to function.
  6. Accountability will play a key role, as cybersecurity departments ensure all devices, data and their owners are accounted for.
  7. Threat awareness or spotting problems before they occur will be a top priority for cybersecurity professionals.
  8. Cybersecurity professionals and the technologies they use to defend their networks must be able to respond quickly and effectively.

Staying safe and secure online is such an important priority in the U.S. that in 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security teamed with the National Cyber Security Alliance to established National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.3 Celebrated each October, the initiative is aimed at helping families protect their homes against cyber threats, educating the public on careers in cyber security, ensuring online safety at work, and safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure. And Walden University has joined the movement to prepare the cyber security professionals of tomorrow by offering graduate certificates and degree programs at the bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral level in cyber security, software engineering, data science, information technology, and information systems. These programs help answer the world's call for cyber security professionals to handle the growing dependence on information systems. Explore Walden’s MS in Cybersecurity or Graduate Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security and see how you can improve your skills in order to better protect vulnerable organizations.

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