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Cyber security is a booming job field
ELISSA COLLOPY, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
In recent years public and private sectors alike have experienced cyber security breaches - including more than 80 percent of companies, resulting in lost money, lost jobs and lost personal data, according to Mark Beadles, an information security officer at the Ohio Academic Resources Network and Ohio Technology Consortium.
According to him, it's a major reason to consider a career in cyber security.
"The loss of personal data is particularly devastating, as data has become the world's lifeblood," he said. "Finding and using cyber security professionals as a line of defense against cyber criminals has become critical for everyone, from the Department of Homeland Security and big box stores to tech giants and small mom and pop businesses."
According to OARnet, there were a total of roughly 1,100 data breaches reported last year.
They also estimated the average total cost of a data breach in the U.S. to be $6.5 million, and global spending on information security and services at $81.6 billion.
According to Beadles, the number of cyber criminals vastly outweighs the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals, and he gave three reasons to consider a cybersecurity job.
His first reasoning is job security. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that information security jobs are estimated to increase by 37 percent through 2022, more than three times the average growth rate for all other occupations.
In addition to that, the cybersecurity job market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.
In Ohio, there are currently 10,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs - Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland have the largest need, while cities such as Dayton, Akron and Toledo also offer opportunities for this field.
Companies currently hiring in Ohio include Amazon, IBM, Alliance Data, Hyland and Teradata.
Beadles' second reason to follow a cyber security career is the high pay.
According to the bureau, the average entry-level salary for an information security analyst is $88,000.
There is also ample opportunity for professionals to move up the ladder to earn higher pay and countless opportunities.
Those with a bachelor's degree qualify for nearly seven times more security jobs than those with an associates or no degree.
And his last reason? It's important work.
"It can hardly be disputed that the service of cybersecurity professionals is crucial to our society," Beadles said. "As our businesses, government, and personal lives take up more space in the digital arena, the amount of information susceptible to cybercrime continues to grow."
And that is where the services of cyber security professionals becomes so important.
Ohio alone has 25 institutions with cyber security programs, 17 of which specialize in data analytics, including Kent State University, Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University.
Date Published: August 30, 2017