Why Careers in Cybersecurity? #CyberAware

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As we continue along in Week 2 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the focus is on careers in cybersecurity.  Consider some of these stats:

  • There will be 3.5 million cybsecurity jobs by 2021.
  • Cybercrimes cost victims $3 trillion dollars in 2015 and is predicted to double to $6 trillion by 2021!
  • The median salary for an information security professional was $95,510 in 2017, more than double the median average of all U.S. careers.
  • Most millennials look to their parents for career advice (40%).  That percentage rises to 57% when talking about cybersecurity careers.
  • Over the last several years, the number of teachers who talk with their students about cybersecurity has tripled.  This is great!

Here’s what you can do, especially if you are a parent:

  1. Volunteer at a school and talk about the growing career options in cybersecurity.  We can’t start too young.  Check out this link for resources you can use to start the discussion.
  2. Check out CyberPatriot and think about mentoring kids in a cybersecurity challenge event.
  3. If you know someone who works in the cybersecurity field, see if you can get them to come and talk with students or host an open house for students at their company.
  4. Educate youself about cybersecurity careers so you can help spread the message.
  5. Work with your schools and school boards to educate them on the importance of cybersecurity education to help prepare our kids for their future.
  6. Visit CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association and explore the resources related to cybersecurity education and workforce development.

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