Cyber security becomes fastest growing IT industry

By VAR_Staffing
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September 17, 2012
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WIth business continuing to rely on technology and storing more information digitally, security becomes a higher priority. High profile businesses like Sony, Yahoo, NVIDIA, Dropbox and E-Harmony have experienced breaches. IT principals need to be aware of the growing threats and have resources available to stay protected.

The landscape of IT security is constantly changing. Hackers are evolving their strategies to meet new security protocols and it is easy to see why. According to a recent infographic from Florida Tech University, cybercrime is expected to surpass $411 billion, the cost of global drug trafficking.

Businesses and consumers worldwide are being affected by cybercrime. The study found there were 431 million victims in 24 countries in 2011 or roughly 14 crimes every second. The cost of money stolen and then the recovery totaled $114 billion and a predicted $274 billion in lost time.

Unfortunately for many businesses, the current workforce lacks the ability to keep up with the growing threat. This problem could get worse as the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that network systems and information security professionals can expect a 53 percent increase in job opportunity through 2018. That's five times the projected growth of all industries combined.

"The Obama administration has identified cyber security as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges facing the nation, one that we are not prepared to counter with our current workforce," says the report. "Therefore, there is a serious need for educated network security professionals."

IT Principals need to have strong resources to keep up with the evolving security threats. As the demand for talent grows, VARs and MSPs that are partnered with VAR Staffing will become the go-to solution providers to help combat these challenges.

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