The increasing volume of sensitive organizational data going online, and the interconnected nature of our daily lives in general, has a direct correlation to the exponential growth in cybercrime. But it’s not just data breaches that are a concern. Cybercrime includes phishing schemes, malware attacks, and a whole host of nefarious tactics that cost companies, governments, organizations, and individuals untold billions of dollars and damaged reputations.
This is why there is such an overwhelming (and alarmingly underserved) need for cyber security professionals. If you want to be a force for good and launch a lucrative career in the field of cyber security, Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program in Cyber Security, with modules from MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (SCoC) and EC-Council (ECC), can be the catalyst.
This comprehensive six-month program leverages MIT’s academic excellence in security with Simplilearn’s proven applied learning model, combining self-paced lessons and hands-on projects with live, online instruction. This course provides training in the various methods used to protect an organization’s digital infrastructure, including data security, risk analysis and mitigation, cloud security architecture, and regulatory compliance.
Upon completion of this course, you will be career-ready to enter the field of cyber security, which already has a need for 2.8 million professionals according to a 2019 (ISC)²® workforce study.
Cyber Security Is a Growing Concern
The digital transformation wave has been truly disruptive across all industries and types of organizations, well beyond Silicon Valley, giving early adopters a leg up and leaving those that resist in their dust. Companies and organizations that hope to simply keep up with the accelerated pace of digitization and automation must adapt, which comes with considerable risks when cyber security isn’t adequately addressed.
Studies and surveys consistently show that most organizations have experienced some type of cyber attack or data breach in their history, with 46 percent of respondents to one survey reporting that they suffered at least one data breach in 2019. That this is up from 26 percent the previous year should give you some indication about the growing trajectory of cybercrime. Other surveys show that a large majority of companies and other organizations are ill-prepared for these vulnerabilities, despite the fact that just one successful attack can sink a business for good.
Any unauthorized activity involving a computer, device, or network is referred to as cybercrime. While new ways of compromising the digital infrastructure of organizations and individuals are being conceived as we speak, the most common types of cybercrimes include the following:
Digital worms or viruses infiltrate a device or an entire network, rendering them useless or exploiting certain vulnerabilities.
Denial of Service (DOS)
A hacker or a group of hackers sends massive requests for data all at once, thus consuming all of the server’s resources effectively blocking access by legitimate users.
A seemingly legitimate email message is sent to users, requesting the disclosure of personal information.
Man in the Middle (MITM)
A hacker secretly intercepts data between two users and either alters the messages being sent or sends messages pretending to be one of the legitimate users.
The victim’s data is encrypted by a hacker, who then demands a certain amount of payment to restore the files.
Even when successful or moderately effective cyber security measures are developed and implemented, hackers are always coming up with new ways to compromise networks and devices. This means the cybercrime problem will never be “solved,” per se, but organizations must constantly monitor, manage, and upgrade their defenses.
Cybercrime, and the Need for Cyber Security Professionals, Is Here to Stay
Given the sustained need for cyber security expertise, coupled with the exponential growth in digital transformation across all industries, it should come as no surprise that there is a massive shortage of cyber security professionals. In fact, you’re unlikely to find many out-of-work cyber security professionals, assuming they’re qualified. Every need suggests opportunity, and the need for professionals who have the know-how to protect digital devices and networks from criminal activity has created opportunities for secure, well-paying careers.
According to the (ISC)²® survey cited earlier, North America has an estimated 500,000 job openings in this field, with a whopping 2 million job openings in the Asia Pacific region. The need is worldwide, as is the opportunity to earn a sizable income.
Experience, the responsibilities of the particular role, and location impact salaries, but the average annual salary for a cyber security professional in the United States is $102,470, according to the most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payscale puts this average at $90,000. If you’re experienced and move into a more senior-level role, the highest-paying cyber security roles pay upwards of $200,000 annually.
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Core Features of the Post Graduate Program in Cyber Security
This program will prepare you for these exciting, high-demand roles through a unique blend of live, online instruction with top experts in the field, self-paced lessons, and hands-on projects that allow you to apply what you have learned to real-life situations. As part of this Post Graduate Program in Cyber Security, with modules from MIT SCoC, you will complete a capstone project that you can use to showcase your new skills to prospective employers.
Consisting of more than 110 hours of live, instructor-led classes from experts in the field, this comprehensive program will provide an authentic classroom experience from the comfort of your own home. In addition, you will get access to more than 40 hours of self-paced instruction and masterclasses from MIT faculty. Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a Post Graduate certification from Simplilearn, MIT, and the EC-Council, in addition to MIT alumni status.
Through a blend of theory, hands-on training, and opportunities to apply what you have learned, you will learn how to protect your infrastructure by:
- Securing data and information
- Running risk analysis
- Architecting cloud-based security
- Achieving compliance
You will also master global certification standards that are currently in practice in most forward-thinking organizations as part of their cyber security strategy, which are also available as standalone Simplilearn courses. These include:
This addresses baseline skills and theory pertaining to IT and network security, providing the framework for more intermediate and advanced cyber security certifications.
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)
Learn to think like a hacker by mastering the EC-Council-approved techniques hackers use to compromise IT systems and networks, an important step toward protecting your own IT infrastructure.
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
Defining the IT architecture and designing, building, and maintaining a secure business environment using globally approved information security standards.
While you’re not required to have prior cyber security work experience or a programming background, you must have a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) to be eligible for this program. To enroll in this Post Graduate Program in Cyber Security, you will be required to apply for admission.
Take Advantage of This Incredible Opportunity Today
The need for skilled cyber security professionals has never been greater, with no signs of slowing down. If you want to take your career to the next level, or shift fields altogether, you should consider a future in cyber security. Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program in Cyber Security provides a perfect launching pad for this exciting and lucrative field.