The Future of Computer Security Analysists

Within the last decade, the work field of cybersecurity has exploded. It appears there is a different news story every day concerning some sort of hacking incident. Cisco has recently estimated there are more than 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide. This networking company has reported the security industry has grown at 3 and a half times the pace of the I.T market. The NSA’s Dean of College of Cyber, Steven LaFountain said “Everyone needs cybersecurity professionals to help protect them personally or their company’s secrets, and it’s just a growing problem – and it’s only going to continue to grow because we’ve become more and more reliant on computers in all aspects of our lives”.

This quote says it all. The future of computer security is not dull.  As more people continue to use computing for personal daily tasks such as banking, email, and getting an Uber, more threats will appear, leading to an even larger field of cybersecurity.

As a computing security major at Rochester Institute of Technology, it is comforting to know there are many available jobs and internship opportunities, but it is also nerve-racking to examine the world of computer security. At an interview at DefCon, one man wisely said, “There are two types of people: those who have been hacked and know it, and those who have been hacked and do not know.” The more you study cybersecurity, the more you realize nobody is safe. Nobody is secure.

My future career interests involve entering the cybersecurity industry and helping develop a safer and better digital world where users will not always have to worry about getting their personal data stolen. Perhaps the world of computing will never be fully safe, but with enough strength and expertise in this ever-growing field of cybersecutity, maybe computing can start to feel a little safer for everyone.

Andrew McKenzie