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The Internet Wants You! Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
Centennial, Colo. – October 23, 2017 — According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today’s students graduate ready to enter the workforce to fill the vast number of available cybersecurity positions. Week four of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) focuses on encouraging students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers. Key influencers – like parents, teachers, guidance counselors and state and local officials can all help engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers.
Cybercrime is now the number one threat to United States national security. As the number of large-scale data breaches and cyberattacks continue to rise year after year, there is an increasing need for educated and dedicated cyber professionals to protect our Nation, businesses, and individuals from cyber threats. According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), there are over 200 top colleges and universities across 44 states that are designated as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) for cyber-related degree programs.
Our nation needs more cybersecurity professionals to protect networks in both government and industry. Nearly one in five Americans has been the victim of a cybercrime and the economic impact of these attacks is devastating. Cyberattacks cost the average U.S. Company more than $15.4 million per year. Cybersecurity professionals work every day to increase awareness and make the Internet safer and more secure for everyone. They help innovate and communicate approaches and strategies for businesses and the public to keep themselves, their families and all communities safer online.
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