Cybersecurity is an interesting and impactful discipline that involves protecting the digital world from real-world threats. Whether it’s malware erasing your computer or stealing personal information from your company’s database, cybersecurity attacks are very real. And they’re getting more dangerous, with attackers targeting cities, government infrastructure and “.gov” websites, as well as affecting supply chains and targeting medical devices (such as pacemakers in elderly patients).
The vast majority of people who have jobs in cybersecurity have a bachelor’s degree in fields like computer science or information technology, which provide the foundational skills required for entry-level roles. But that doesn’t mean the path to becoming a cybersecurity professional is straightforward.
For example, a recent study found that 86% of consumers are hesitant to patronize companies that have experienced data breaches in which their credit or debit card information was stolen. That’s because those companies lose the trust of their customers. This makes it incredibly important for businesses to prioritize their cybersecurity measures.
A strong cybersecurity strategy includes frameworks and processes that make the organization a more difficult target for hackers, as well as tools that protect against a range of specific threats. It starts with a risk assessment that clearly defines an organization’s risks, and then it builds policies and procedures that address those risks.
Next, it deploys tools that prevent specific cyberattacks, such as firewalls, anti-malware software, and antivirus solutions. Finally, it conducts threat intelligence sharing to thwart community-level threats that could threaten all members of an industry. MDR