Given the shortage of cybersecurity professionals, organizations must start thinking about bridging the gap and offering opportunities to learn for young professionals. A new cybersecurity bootcamp from CyberNB and Lighthouse Labs will run for 12 weeks and provide students with tools to learn and grow their cybersecurity careers. The program will be available for prospective students nationwide and help them in their first cybersecurity jobs.
“Cybersecurity relies heavily on your creative thinking skills, your problem-solving skills, your collaborative skills, leadership, communication,” said Dillon Donahue, CyberNB’s Director of Workforce & Skills. “So, if you see yourself as a real go-getter who can solve problems and interested in cybersecurity then it’s very easy to take you into this bootcamp and then train you up on those IT skills.”
In Canada, there are over 6000 open cybersecurity positions so to help fill this shortage, this course has been designed. It takes a 2 year college program boiled down to a 12 week essentials course.
“As long as you have strong Internet access and as long as you put in the time and effort you know the cyber team is going to be with you the whole way so you won’t be alone and they’ll also help you get into the industry.”
Malicious attacks are advancing and becoming more sophisticated by the day. Data breaches that involve stealing national and private information will be more frequent as well as political interference. Countries such as Iran and China are already censoring content from users and Russia recently announced an alternative that controls what information citizens have access to. So, social media and web content does impact politics.
Governments have invested more into technology as a response to the increasing number of threats and attacks. However, there are important areas that need special attention such as focusing on where data is held so cyber criminals don't get access to them rather than simply stopping them from getting in—security needs to be built within the data too.
Data encryption is another area of focus. No matter where the data goes, it remains safe because only authorized people can decrypt it.
A recent legislation was signed for IoT devices purchased with government funds to meet the minimum security standards. This means more secure IoT devices which then builders and device makers must adhere to, to make them secure.
IoT devices are prime targets for malicious activity and cyber criminals are constantly looking for weaknesses in the devices that are network connected. There are some devices that need to be more secure than others because they contain sensitive data.
IoT builders that make devices with stronger measures will be able to fit into their customer’s risk mitigation strategies and gain a competitive advantage.