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Hacker Hunters In-Demand [Infographic]

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Hacker Hunters In-Demand [Infographic]


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Learn about a Career in Cyber Security

You probably seen them on the television, often times having a bad reputation of taking over the world's computers, stealing account information from bank computers, or downloading a virus into any unsuspecting victim who is willing to open up their emails and unknowingly download the attached virus. While hackers are certainly capable of doing this, the majority of them are not after doing this at all, and many of them live day to day as normal human beings who call their mothers, tuck in their kids to bed, and tell their wives they love them everyday, all while paying their taxes and mortgages, and going to sporting events and outings like everyone else.

Hackers actually possess a skill that may or may not come naturally. If hacking was easy, the majority of people would be doing it. It requires an understanding of basic computing code, advanced computing code, binary systems, and numbers. It also involves mastering formulas and sequences involving code and programming. While hackers used to be detained and jailed for wrongdoings, there are plenty who are encouraged to use their talents for good, specifically, under surveillance - to break into banking systems, crack codes, and attempt world domination. Why? Because if a hacker can break into a system, it obviously isn't secure enough. The CIA and the FBI have been known to hire hackers to break into their own systems in order to test the security of their frameworks.

Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are corporations that encourage sponsored hack-a-thon events in which they pit hackers against each other to compete and see who can hack or crack into specific applications designed by the three companies. The winner often ends up with either a very nice monetary reward or a very fancy salary and many other benefits.

The talent of a hacker should not be suppressed, but utilized to make the world more safer and secure. Without hackers, we would not be required to put in hard-to-guess mixed capital alphanumeric symbol characters for our passwords. We would not have a system that identifies the iris of the eye, the fingerprint of a thumb, voice recognition software, or even sequences of DNA.

The hacker has played a huge role in the development of technology and computer systems. The hacker's talents must not be used for bad, but for good. It is a much more rewarding experience to hack the legal way, than the illegal way.

With more and more companies developing online presences and online database systems, the demand for people who are more technology-savvy, technologically-enhanced, and understand the world of hacking are highly in demand.

Take a look at this infographic on Careers in Hacking or Careers in Cyber Security.


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Learn about a Career in Cyber Security

Curious about in cyber security? Here are some key facts behind one of the fastest-growing STEM fields in the U.S.

1. GROWTH IN CYBER SECURITY CAREERS
A glance of the positive upturn on the number of jobs for 2020.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY MANAGER
2010: 302,000
2020: 368,000
DIFFERENCE: 22% increase

NETWORK SECURITY ENGINEER
2010: 302,000
2020: 368,000
DIFFERENCE: 22% increase

SYSTEMS SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR
2010: 337,000
2020: 444,000
DIFFERENCE: 28% increase

DATA SECURITY ANALYST
2010: 302,000
2020: 368,000
DIFFERENCE: 22% increase

NETWORK SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR
2010: 337,000
2020: 444,000
DIFFERENCE: 28% increase

2. PAY DAY
Median annual wages for 5 hot career choices

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY MANAGER $115,7801
NETWORK SECURITY ENGINEER $75,6602
SYSTEMS SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR $69,1603
DATA SECURITY ANALYST $75,6604
NETWORK SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR $69,1605

3. CAREER HOT SPOTS
While these 5 careers are growing across the U.S., here's where they're really taking off.

WEST: The best pay for IT professions, such as Network Security Engineers, is in Silicon Valley. ! The Google campus is in Mountain View.

EAST: Washington, D.C has the highest concentration of Information systems Security Managers. ! The Center for National Security Studies is in D.C. as well.

MIDWEST: Columbus, OH has had a 7.8% increase in STEM jobs, like Systems Security Administrators, over the past decade. ! Detroit is also notable, boasting one of the nations' largest concentration of tech workers.

SOUTHWEST: You'll find openings for Network Security Administrators in Texas. ! From 2012-2014, the University of Texas is focused on hiring STEM faculty members.

SOUTHEAST: Florida is one of the best states to find a Data Security Analyst position. ! Citrix Systems in Ft. Lauderdale was named one of the 25 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2012.

4. MAKE IT HAPPEN
What you need to get started — and to continue growing

TO GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR:

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY MANAGERNETWORK SECURITY ENGINEERSYSTEM SECURITY ADMINISTRATORDATA SECURITY ANALYSTNETWORK SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science of information science
  • Experience in the field
  • Bachelor's degree in a computer related field
  • Experience in the field
  • Bachelor's degree related to computer science, information science, computer engineering or electrical engineering
  • Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate in a computer-related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in a computer-related field
  • Associate's degree
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor's degree in a computer-related field or in computer engineering or electrical engineering

TO ADVANCE:

  • CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certification and 5 years of information security management experience
  • Certifications such as Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Continued education
  • Continued education
  • Master's degree
  • Master degree in information science or computer science
  • Continued education
  • Master's degree
INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY MANAGERNETWORK SECURITY ENGINEERSYSTEM SECURITY ADMINISTRATORDATA SECURITY ANALYSTNETWORK SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR

Infographic by DeVry University.

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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.



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  • Hackers actually possess a skill that may or may not come naturally.
  • Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are corporations that encourage sponsored hack-a-thon events
  • The hacker has played a huge role in the development of technology and computer systems.
  • The demand for people who are more technology-savvy, technologically-enhanced, and understand the world of hacking are in demand.