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June 12, 2020

How to Find Security in Cybersecurity

In recent research, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has detected a shocking decrease in the United States national security. There are a few areas where there appears to be a steady set of troubling trends, one being cybersecurity. The United States prides itself on having a strong defense base, but with these recent findings, there is a level of concern on how to maintain this pride in national security. This leaves many people wondering how to remain proactive in increasing safety.

There is a great need for cybersecurity professionals; in fact, the U.S. government currently needs to employ more professionals in this field than are currently available in the marketplace. With this threat of individual, corporate and national security before us, one may wonder how people will react. Some may decide to turn their head at this news, hoping things will work out on their own, while others will simply listen and think that it is somebody else’s responsibility to deal with this national crisis. But how can it be resolved? Who will rise up and begin to make a difference in this issue of cybersecurity? If people expect a change, individuals must be willing to create that change.

Paul Poteete, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Geneva College says,

“In the United States, we are looking at over 200,000 cybersecurity jobs that currently can't be filled. This will be over 2 million positions by the year 2020 globally. Cybersecurity will be the place for a successful career for the foreseeable future.”

With such alarming statistics, focusing studies in computer science or cybersecurity would not only be helpful to the nation but it would also provide job opportunities post-graduation. By attaining a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, one would be able to make a difference in a world of growing intrusions, hacking, scams and ransomware.

To gain insight into how to mend the world of cybersecurity, one must attain a level of education in the field. Topics such as: principles of cybersecurity, intrusion detection and prevention, incident response, disaster recovery, business continuity, cyber law, cyber ethics, faithful hacking, and digital forensics are vital to understand when facing the intricacy of cybersecurity. Prof. Poteete states:

“We need to get to the bottom line concerning security. At Geneva, we support internships and other opportunities that allow students to experience the reality of working in the industry. One of the advantages of students at Geneva, is that they are coming from an organization that believes in absolute right and wrong. You're not trusting your critical assets to a mercenary who is only in it for themselves. We believe that everyone is created in the image of God and deserve respect. Information security is a great place to be from a job opportunity perspective, and individuals with ethics based on solid moral values make a great staff.”

If you do not know where to start looking for colleges with programs that provide cybersecurity majors a head start in high-tech fields, Geneva College is a good place to start.

Geneva’s Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity degree program equips students with both technical and managerial competencies in computer science and information systems areas. Not only will this program provide useful insight into the field but it will also provide a distinctive integration of the Bible and humanities into the Cybersecurity profession. Geneva also offers a Master’s of Cybersecurity degree that can lead to leadership roles in IT and cybersecurity in business and organizations.

Geneva’s Christ-centered academic community establishes a clear standard for ethics in the cybersecurity industry. If you are interested in becoming one of the many people that this country needs to fight for the cause of our nation’s security, then check out Geneva’s bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity at https://www.geneva.edu/academics/majors/cybersecurity. By diving deeper into the program of your choice you will be on the precipice of finding security in cybersecurity.

-Abigail Forton ‘22

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