Starting a Career in Cybersecurity

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Woman on computer pursuing a career in cybersecurity, University of San Diego, USD, Cybersecurity Career

Cybersecurity is a very large field, filled with many specialized jobs that require a large variety of skills. Though it seems silly to point this out, it is sadly necessary to state that “cybersecurity expert” is not an actual job title. The hardest part of getting a cybersecurity career is knowing how each individual component … Read more

From the Spring 2015 Issue

Cyber Innovation Center: a Pioneer in Cyber-Education and Workforce Development

Author(s):

G.B. Cazes, Vice President, Cyber Innovation Center

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a timeless question teachers across the country ask their students. A typical response: doctor, nurse, lawyer, fireman, veterinarian. While these are great occupations, today’s workforce not only includes these professions but also great opportunities for computer and data scientists, cybersecurity directors, digital forensics … Read more

From the Spring 2015 Issue

Creating Your Ultimate Code-Cracker: the Design of Digital Forensic Workstations

Author(s):

John Samborski, CEO, Ace ComputersUnited

Today most records of individuals, businesses, government agencies, and even criminal organizations are stored on various types of electronic media. In order to properly investigate a suspect, evidence needs to be extractable from electronically stored information (ESI) sources without being corrupted. Digital forensics is the acquisition, scientific examination, and analysis of data retrieved from digital … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

Preparing the Cybersecurity Workforce Through Creative Partnering

Author(s):

Michael Volk, Cybersecurity Specialist, PSA Insurance & Financial Services

Cybersecurity is an industry that is quickly emerging in the new “Creative Economy” and community colleges are stepping in to prepare the workforce of the future. Just as we have seen in the past, as the economy shifts and workforce needs change, the approach to education and training also must evolve. In this new economic … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

Cybersecurity is a STEMB Field … … and the B Isn’t Silent!

Author(s):

Dr. Mansur Hasib, CISSP, PMP, CPHIMS, Public Speaker and Cybersecurity Leader,

Put together a bunch of passionate academics, government officials, and industry leaders who love to discuss their niche in the vast, exciting, multi-disciplinary field of cybersecurity – and sparks are bound to fly! And this is exactly what happened at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) conference held in Columbia, Maryland, November 5-6, 2014. … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

Addressing the Growing Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals By Creating a Cybersecurity Talent Pipeline

Author(s):

V. N. Berlin, PhD, President, Mission Critical Institute

Accelerating Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals  The demand for job-ready cybersecurity professionals to address the ever-increasing incidents of cyber threats and breaches in both the public and private sectors is projected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 13% through 2017. Thus, with over 150K new cybersecurity positions added annually through 2017, industry … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

DEVELOPING CYBER SKILLS WITH PUZZLES AND HACKING CHALLENGES

Author(s):

Nikolas Roby, Security/Defense Research Analyst, Parrot Labs - KEYW Corporation

I meet a variety of people trying to enter into the information security and forensics fields. Many of them come straight out of college and have a great deal of theoretical knowledge, but often lack any real world skills. Unfortunately, to gain these skills you need to work real world scenarios, which are hard to … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

I’m Not a Hacker, I Just Play One in the Classroom

Author(s):

Dr. Jane A. LeClair, President, Washington Center for Cybersecurity Research & Development

James L. Antonakos, Fellow, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College

Influencing Ethical Behavior by Example  Providing education in the area of information security, cybersecurity, and computer and network security poses numerous challenges. First, there is a great deal of information that must be dispensed to the learners. Second, in addition to presenting the necessary background information, there are practical skills that must be shared with … Read more