Why Cybersecurity Professionals Are Important

Published on June 7, 2021

We are at a point where technology runs how we live. From our everyday interactions, business activities, entertainment, and more, computers and the Internet make everything work. We trust them to buy things, make payments, and do our jobs.

Naturally, they attract shady characters who see an opportunity to make money by manipulating the tools. This is where a cybersecurity professional comes in.

Cybersecurity professionals keep cybercriminals from threatening to disrupt the orderly flow of our tech-enabled life. To keep them from succeeding, we need good, highly skilled people to ward them off.

This post will explain why cybersecurity professionals are important in today’s increasingly digital era. We will discuss developments that highlight their importance in developing cybersecurity services to prevent cyber threats.

Cyberattacks are increasing in number and intensity, but there is a shortage in cybersecurity professionals

The statistics say it all – hackers attack 2,244 times on average every day in the US. They target 43% of small businesses and 60% of victims close shop within six months. Authorities project damage from the increasing number of incidents to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021.

To say that the situation is serious is an understatement. The picture we are seeing is that of a war zone where cybercriminals are continuously on the offensive while the forces of good are dwindling.

There is a shortage of more than 4 million cybersecurity professionals because not too many young people show interest in computer security threats and solutions.

Most of those who are still on active duty are boomers, whom many expect to retire soon. However, an insufficient number of millennials are ready to take their place.

We need to encourage more students, especially women, to go into university and consider a cybersecurity career.

With more people and businesses going online, the possibility of cybercriminals attacking devices increases exponentially

More than four billion people have smartphones. Another five and a half billion have an active email account (many even have more than one account). There are far too many targets for cyberattacks. Crooks will stalk them for their bank records, credit card numbers, passwords, social media profiles – the works.

The unbelievably enormous number of possible victims have money, access to data that hackers can turn into cash, and personal influence that can be stolen and misrepresented to make even more money.

Just imagine if you have employees who are not vigilant in the face of cyber threats. With that, you not only have to put cybersecurity solutions in place; you also need to increase your employees’ cyber awareness.

In the face of this threat, it is necessary to have a cybersecurity expert around to outwit bad actors and keep you in the loop of the latest cybersecurity trends.

The coming of the 5G network requires innovative approaches to cybersecurity 

5G will overhaul all the networks that we have. It will convert everything into an all-software network. That is going to pose risks because the software is prone to vulnerabilities.

A new cybersecurity strategy is needed to secure 5G and the host of devices and applications it will spawn.

We have a mostly uncharted territory to explore and protect. To do that, we need cybersecurity professionals to deal with the cybersecurity risks facing what many has billed as the most important network of the 21st century.

Why you need to seek the help of cybersecurity professionals NOW

1. Cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated and organized. 

The days when hackers were dominated by script kiddies out for fun are over. Today, bad actors are getting increasingly innovative as they go for the big bucks. They are networking amongst themselves, like the traditional mob families that specialize in specific crimes and operate within their assigned territories.

Even scarier, today’s hackers use the latest technologies to increase the chances of hitting their mark. For example, they use predictive analytics and machine learning to brute-force their way into cracking passwords and systems. They are also masters of deception, using social engineering and phishing to trick victims.

We need talented cybersecurity professionals with the same drive and sophisticated skills to devise innovative solutions to stop the new breed of cybercriminals.

2. People can no longer function without technology – the window from which cybercriminals can sneak in.

Nowadays, it would be hard to catch someone without a device hooked to the Internet. It is our connection to the world at large. Unfortunately, that includes cybercriminals waiting in ambush at every corner of cyberspace, waiting for us to fall into their traps.

Our enslavement to tech gadgets has made us vulnerable sitting ducks for bad actors. They target us through phishing emails, malware-laced free downloads, infected sites, and what have you.

Every time we access a site, read an email, buy something online, we open an opportunity for cybercriminals to attack. You may be cyber-smart enough to keep hackers at bay. However, many other users are so inexperienced, even naïve, in the face of cyber-threats.

Many more are using outdated equipment which cybercriminals are extremely glad to exploit. As long as technology rules our lives (it is going to get much worse before we learn to dissuade ourselves from it if we still can), we are in danger.

And because we are, we need cybersecurity professionals to protect us…from ourselves.

3. Wars are no longer fought with conventional weapons but with state-backed cyber armies 

Recently, authorities sounded the alarm over possible cyber-attacks from Iran in retaliation for the drone strike on the point man of their nuclear program. That was serious because we are still battling against Russian nation-states who, also just recently, hacked Solar Winds using a malicious code that gave them a backdoor to the company’s computer network.

And do not forget North Korean cyber-tours out for revenge after a Hollywood film subjected their supreme leader to ridicule.

Countries fight today’s battlefields in cyberspace. The stakes are high because a successful attack can destroy economies by shutting down the financial system, making the power grid go haywire, or stealing industrial secrets that can tilt the balance of power.

As the world’s combatants square off online, states are calling on more cybersecurity professionals to enlist. We will need the crème de la crème to defend our turf and, as necessary, to respond to attacks in kind.

4. More people are paying, sending, and receiving money online 

The Internet has made a monster hit of Amazon because you can shop in the comfort of your living room, use PayPal, and resume your Netflix binge until you hear the delivery man knocking.

And it is not just e-commerce, mind you.

You can go to a restaurant and have a steak dinner with only a few cents in your pocket. Y0 ou only need to have your credit or debit card swiped at checkout.

People are increasingly making financial transactions online to the delight of cybercriminals who have lots of nasty tricks to intercept them. 71% of breaches are financially motivated. The pandemic will make it worse as millions of migrant workers remit via money transfer.

As people get lulled by online financial transactions’ convenience, we will continue to hear sob stories of victims robbed in cyberspace.

Who do we call? Cybersecurity professionals, of course.

5. Data protection and privacy are now mandatory requirements among companies. 

After the highly publicized data breaches at Yahoo, Facebook, and Adobe, to name just a few, state regulators require companies to guard their customers’ confidential information with their lives.

We are exaggerating, but that might be regulators’ intent if you consider the billions in fines and costly legal action that they have slapped on violators.

Governments mean business as they take the cudgels for consumers. Companies better become organized and put together the best safeguards to make regulators happy.

That would require the best cybersecurity professionals to help them plan, implement, and manage iron-clad data security measures according to regulatory standards. That includes the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Now is the time to entrust your technology to cybersecurity professionals 

We will not be exaggerating if we say that we are under (cyber) attack; one happens every 39 seconds. How you fare against persistent threats will depend on how seriously you will take them. Of course, complacency will lead to disaster. Being proactive will give you the upper hand.

One way to prepare is to give young people incentives to join the thinning ranks of cybersecurity professionals.

Another way is to choose a cybersecurity services provider with the right skills and extensive experience to keep you protected.

Talk to CyberHAWKS on how our expert team can put your cybersecurity in good hands.

Please email [email protected], or call us at 800-314-5835.

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