A Message to Graduates – We Want You!

June 4, 2014

In this week’s SecurityWeek Article, Mark Hatton reveals why new graduates should consider a career in the cyber security industry.

We are in the midst of graduation season where students say goodbye to their academic institutions and begin taking steps towards what they've been preparing for most (or at least for the past four years) of their lives, a career. As someone who built and maintained a career in the cyber security industry, I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal to the best and brightest of our new graduates to think about joining the ranks of network security professionals.

Every day we are seeing attacks that are more sophisticated, better funded and emanating from more determined and better organized adversaries. More than ever before, attacks are targeted and have very specific objectives and require intelligent solutions to identify, track and mitigate the threat.

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In recent years, critical infrastructure has become an increasingly popular target for attacks by nation states and organized crime. Banking, healthcare, utilities and transportation have all seen an increase in the sheer volume of attacks and sophistication level of the threats. Many in our government’s intelligence and military branches believe that a large scale cyber-attack against our infrastructure is a matter of when, not if and many are fearful that an attack of this nature could take place in the next 18 – 36 months.

This isn’t meant as a scare tactic or industry propaganda, but rather to paint the new reality that exists in a networked world. While greater connectivity has created incredible opportunities for discovery and advanced of critical technologies in fields such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, defense, and other industries, it has also opened up nearly endless points of potential vulnerability to be exploited by would-be hackers. We need skilled developers and engineers on the front lines helping to guard against these attacks so that organizations can continue their important work without fear of classified information becoming compromised.

To read the complete article, please visit SecurityWeek at: http://www.securityweek.com/message-graduates-%E2%80%93-we-want-you

Mark Hatton, President, CEO

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