Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and may not reflect the official policy or position of Excelsior College. Excelsior makes no claim regarding the suitability of the content for all audiences.
Another year over. Another year gone. Yet, with every end there is always a beginning, and as society parts ways with 2015, we can look forward to the fresh start of a new year. While most people resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or take their dream trip, professionals are focusing on cybersecurity training. In the past year, hackers have grown more sophisticated with their attacks, and many expect the digital landscape of 2016 to be an even more precarious place.
Threats to look for in 2016
CNBC recently compiled a list of the biggest threats to look for in the new year. Among them, cloud computing and critical infrastructure topped the chart. As more businesses move crucial data onto cloud-based servers, hackers have been pinpointing areas of vulnerability. Thus, cloud computing is an area that many businesses will likely focus on improving in 2016. In regards to critical infrastructure, the state of global relations is at a point where a cyberattack on the United States’ most important sectors could happen at any time. A blow to any of these would be devastating, and that is why information technology professionals have been working to secure these infrastructures and will continue to do so in the coming year.
Is the industry currently prepared?
The cybersecurity industry has made great improvements in 2015. Yet, cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field. There will never be a stagnant point. As hackers continually change and adapt, so must cyberdefenses. Therefore, the answer is simply “no.” This is not a negative thing, though. It is motivation for those in the cybersecurity field to enhance industry standards and promote a stronger, united information security front.
Why cybersecurity training is the most important resolution to make
Knowing that the industry is not prepared for the coming threats should make every stakeholder want to invest in cybersecurity training for their companies. Cybertraining reduces the risk of insider threats and makes the information security process a collective effort. The National Cybersecurity Institute offers training programs that can help prepare individuals for the coming cyber challenges. Company executives who truly want to prepare their businesses should employ skilled cybersecurity professionals to maintain cyberdefenses and monitor systems for vulnerabilities. These professionals can also assist with the aforementioned crucial employee training.
Having a staff that is knowledgeable and prepared for cyberthreats can make companies stronger in 2016. As the government and other agencies strengthen their information security sectors, private businesses should focus on the same thing. At the National Cybersecurity Institute, individuals who want to pursue positions on the front lines of cyberdefense can complete degree and certification programs. They can also research the industry’s hottest topics by listening to podcasts and webinars, as well as reading the experts’ blog.