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Week 3

Celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month with us!

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October 18 - 22 (Week 3): Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week – Why You Should Consider a Cyber Career

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest sectors today, with new threats and challenges emerging each day. And with that, there is a huge push being undertaken by both business and education sectors to attract individuals toward a degree and career in cyber. Interested in joining this exciting new workforce? Here are a few reasons why pursuing a degree and career in cyber might be right for you.

Hot Job Market

To say that the cybersecurity jobs market is hot would be a huge understatement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for information security analysts will grow by 32 percent by 2028 – making it one of the fastest growing job sectors – while Cybersecurity Ventures has found that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2021. This means that cybersecurity professionals are among the most in-demand around the world and will be for years to come.

Infinite Room for Personal and Professional Growth

Beyond just the ability to get a cybersecurity job, thanks to an ever-growing set of career tracks, cybersecurity offers a variety of different options for professionals to find a position that fits nicely with their own interests. Cybersecurity professionals work in everything from compliance to stress testing cyber defenses and software, so there are virtually limitless ways that professionals can apply their skills and look to grow them.

Investment in advanced 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. For example, new grants and scholarships are now becoming available each day for individuals interested in cybersecurity careers, while many businesses are beginning to offer tuition reimbursement or other financial perks. This means that a degree in cybersecurity may be much more affordable than you originally thought.

Graduate Growth

In addition to interesting “on the ground work” that cybersecurity professionals get to take-on every day, there is also a growing selection of highly tailored cybersecurity graduate programs that can further academic knowledge in cybersecurity as well. For example, graduate degrees ranging from Applied Cryptography to Network Vulnerability and Detection are now being offered through colleges and universities nationwide. Additionally, as part of this deep-dive, cybersecurity professionals will also get the opportunity to network with other students from various backgrounds allowing them to open up further opportunities for future positions or businesses.

Explore – Experience – Share

Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), is a week-long campaign that provides an opportunity to learn about the contributions and innovations of cybersecurity practitioners, and the plethora of job opportunities that can be found when exploring cybersecurity as a career choice. Visit the Events and Activities page NICE has to explore special events organized with them to support Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.

NICE event

Cybersecurity Careers are Everywhere

October 18, 2021 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Presented by the NICE Cybersecurity Skills Competitions Community of Interest

This online panel, moderated by University of California, Berkeley undergraduate student Charissa Kim, will discuss pathways into cybersecurity careers and how individuals can best position themselves for success in the field. From academic degrees to certifications, competitions to bootcamps, and everything in-between, join us as the panelists demystify common misconceptions about cybersecurity work and share guidance on jump-starting your cybersecurity career.

Learn more and register here.

UC event

Choose Your Own Cybersecurity Adventure: How to Get Started and Succeed in the InfoSec Field – with Nathan Wenzler, Tenable

October 18, 2021 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – Hosted by UC Berkeley

It's no secret that technology is evolving faster and faster each day. Which means the types of skills and the needs of organizations to protect and secure those technologies is changing just as quickly. Trying to get started in the Information Security or Cybersecurity fields can be difficult, at best, with the ever-changing curriculums and often unreasonable levels of skill being asked for by many hiring managers. For both students and educators, it can be difficult to know what the most relevant courses are, what topics should be focused on and what additional skills will help position the next generation of security practitioners for success. And this leads to the questions: What area of cybersecurity should I specialize in? How do I demonstrate skill and experience when I'm first interviewing? How do we better prepare students to be successful in their careers? Are there some skills and knowledge that are more in demand than others?

In this discussion, Nathan Wenzler, Chief Security Strategist at Tenable, the creators of Nessus and the leaders in Risk-Based Vulnerability Management, will share what he's seen work for both educators and students over a 25 year career of mentoring new practitioners and leaders in the cybersecurity field, as well as what trends are being seen in the industry for which skills and topics both students and educators should include in their programs to remain relevant for the future.

Please click this URL to join.

Want to know more? 

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information about ways to keep you and your family safe online, click their names to visit their sites.
For more information, contact IT Services Office of Information Assurance at cybersecurity@ucsd.edu.