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With cyber attacks becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, the global demand for cybersecurity specialists exceeds the supply.

The cybersecurity field offers diverse job opportunities across industries and sectors, and as more and more organisations embrace digital transformation, there’s a growing need for security professionals to safeguard files and networks, install and maintain firewalls, create incident response plans, and monitor activities throughout connected environments. Have you ever considered a job in cybersecurity? Here are four reasons to pursue a career in this important discipline.

1 | Hot job market

The United States Bureau of Labour Statistics projected that employment for information security analysts will grow at 32 percent between 2018 and 2028, while Cybersecurity Ventures found that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2021. This means cybersecurity professionals are among the most in-demand around the world – and will be for years to come.

2 | Opportunities for personal and professional growth

A career in cybersecurity presents many different opportunities for professionals to find a position that matches their own interests. Cybersecurity specialists can work in everything from compliance to stress-testing cyber defences and software. Roles can vary from the executive level (Chief Information Security Officer) to the managerial level (Security Manager) and may involve niche skills like cryptography.

3 | An investment in cybersecurity pays for itself

Due to the shortage of cybersecurity talent in the workforce, businesses and educational institutions are constantly rolling out new avenues by which to make cybersecurity careers more affordable. There are grants and scholarships available for individuals interested in cybersecurity careers, and businesses are beginning to offer tuition reimbursement or other financial perks. This means that a degree in cybersecurity may be more affordable than originally thought.

4 | Graduate growth

There is a growing selection of highly tailored cybersecurity graduate programmes that can further academic knowledge in cybersecurity. For example, graduate degrees ranging from Applied Cryptography to Network Vulnerability and Detection are now being offered through colleges and universities across the globe to help new professionals advance their skills and stand out among their peers.

With cyber attacks becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, the global demand for cybersecurity specialists exceeds the supply. Companies are actively recruiting cyber experts with the credentials and experience to help them navigate the evolving threat landscape. A career in cybersecurity could be fulfilling and lucrative for skilled professionals.

This article has been adapted from Cyber Security Awareness Month resources supplied by the event organisers, and is republished here with permission. M2M, as a BUI company, is proud to support Cyber Security Awareness Month this October as part of the worldwide drive to make the internet safer and more secure for everyone.

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