Advances in technology have been the biggest disrupter of modern life in the 21st Century. From smartphones to video game consoles, faster computers, and global access to the internet. All of these inventions have dramatically changed everyone’s lives, including the job market. Changes in tech have created jobs that never existed before and they have made some previous jobs obsolete through automation or just making those ways of doing things irrelevant. For people that are well informed, these changes can provide a huge opportunity to make money in new niches of tech that are just emerging. In this article we’re going to highlight some of the ways that technology has changed the job market in cybersecurity:
1) Privacy and Security by design
Regulatory requirements like GDPR mandate that companies include something called privacy and security by design. This simply means that companies must create applications that have security and privacy built into the product's designs. For programmers, penetration testers, and anyone that works in product testing, there is a new demand for people that understand privacy and security features. People that understand how to implement these features into products during their creation will be able to find work easier than people who do not.
2) Remote Work
The biggest change that people have noticed during this pandemic is that technology allows us to work from home. It’s no longer necessary for companies to have employees go into the office to do their work and after this pandemic, most people don’t want to. Being able to convince employers that you are responsible enough to work from home effectively is now an important part of the job process.
3) Big data and analytics
Due to the huge amount of data that is being created every day on the internet (approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes per day), big data analytics is becoming an important part of the cybersecurity industry. By analyzing this data, cybersecurity companies can do things like find signatures for viruses, discover patterns of behavior for detecting APTs and detect unusual behavior by potential insider threats. The ability to analyze this data and find useful insights will continue to be a key aspect of the cybersecurity job market for years to come.
The benefits of Big Data Analytics Source @ SAS
4) Cloud Computing
More companies are adopting a hybrid model where at least part of their company uses a cloud-based IT infrastructure. Knowing cloud platforms like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure and how to secure assets on these platforms will be an extremely useful and relevant skillset.
5) AI & Machine Learning
AI and Machine Learning are relevant in pretty much every industry including cybersecurity. Cybersecurity companies are trying to learn the best ways to use these concepts in products like firewalls, antivirus, or network monitoring tools to protect their clients. If you’re an expert in either of these areas you can make a lot of money developing cybersecurity products that leverage them.
The last item of this list is encryption, which simply put is the art of encoding a message so that it can’t be read by any unauthorized parties. Encryption has been around for years but as computers become faster and more efficient, new encryption algorithms need to be created to ensure that electronic communication can be protected. Encryption is an area that needs to evolve as quickly or faster than the technology it supports for it to remain relevant.
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