The idea of getting your identity stolen or
losing valuable personal information online is a relatively new threat that has
taken the world by storm. It almost seems like no matter what you do to try to
protect yourself, you are always at some level of risk. Especially as much of
our personal data, including health care and banking information, isn’t solely
within our control, some of the power lies with the entities that we must share
this info with.
Fortunately, there are people out there that
can help make a positive difference in the protection of our data. Even within
the financial sector — where new technologies are pushing the limits of our
knowledge — there are specific cybersecurity professionals that are working
towards keeping our transactions as safe as possible. These people are
essential to the success of any organization that is working in the digital
The value of cybersecurity professionals in the financial — and every other — sector of the economy makes them a hot commodity. With a background in cybersecurity, one could literally write their ticket anywhere that they wanted to go and be successful in doing so. The biggest struggle facing us today is keeping the supply of people qualified for these jobs high enough to meet the demand.
It may come as somewhat of a surprise, but cybersecurity is a sector of the job market that is grossly understaffed and desperate to find qualified professionals to take jobs. One study indicates that nearly 3.5 million cybersecurity-related jobs will be left unfilled within the next couple of years. Whether or not people are just unaware of this immense need or some other factor prevents them from pursuing these careers is unclear.
Many professionals are working to expose young
adults to the opportunities that could exist for them if they were to pursue a career in cybersecurity. They
encourage parents to nurture their kids’ interest in technology from a young
age and to promote them studying things like coding, IT, the cloud, and other
modern technological tools as soon as they are old enough to grasp the
The fact of the matter is that cybersecurity is critically important to nearly any
business and organization out there today. Someone with the
necessary background could work in a hospital setting, a federal organization,
or the financial sector with ease. In reality, this skill could enable them to
live wherever they want and put their energies into helping organizations they
are most interested in.
Perhaps one of the biggest difficulties for
people to understand prior to getting into the field is just how much diversity
there actually is when it comes to cybersecurity. Much like how the broad term
“healthcare” doesn’t really adequately describe all of the intricate careers
within the field, “cybersecurity” just barely scratches the surface of what one
could specialize in. There are actually a bunch of different cybersecurity specializations
such as automotive security engineering, cloud security, and penetration
One example of a career in cybersecurity is
vulnerability analysis. As a vulnerability analyst, you would work to find weaknesses in networks and software
then design solutions to beef up the security system. You’d basically be
getting paid to find ways to hack the system, then fixing it. The career could
be in-house for a larger company, or by contract, meaning you could work on a
lot of different systems over time.
Of course, this is just one example. There are
many that would be highly relevant to the fintech industries that are working
daily with individual and corporation finances. Hiring someone like a
vulnerability analyst would allow you to enhance your cybersecurity infrastructure.
Building a strong team of cyber professionals is your best bet at fully
protecting your company.
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Becoming a cybersecurity expert would also
mean taking steps to keep up with the latest technologies of the day. Given how
quickly everything is advancing and new ideas are becoming mainstream, this in
and of itself could be a real challenge. In the financial sector, take the
advances of cryptocurrency and its use of blockchain technology.
Blockchain technology is a way to pass
information through transactions with a very low risk of hacking. The data is
verified through multiple databases, and each transaction gets its own block,
meaning that in order to steal information one would either have to have the
personal key of the owner or change all the blocks at once from multiple
databases. This can make it particularly difficult to steal information,
but not completely impossible.
There are a lot of really cool ways that blockchain technology is currently being used
to protect personal data in all sorts of sectors of our economy. As
previously mentioned, it is popular with cryptocurrencies, but it is also
beginning to be used by major banks to help better protect transactions. It is
also being used widely within the healthcare system and the state and federal
governments to protect personal data and important information from hackers and
those that would use it to do wrong.
The field of cybersecurity is vast and full of
thousands of opportunities for those interested. There are literally millions
of job openings within the U.S. alone, which means that anyone with an interest
and enough skill would be able to work just about wherever they wanted. New
technologies are constantly keeping the job interesting and professionals on