Week 4: October 23-27
The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
"The field of Information Security encompasses many areas including cyber security and non-technical areas such as security policies, practices and procedures. Information Security focuses on securing and maintaining the integrity of information, whether it be stored in databases, file cabinets, or someone’s head. Specialties within Information Security include penetration testing, digital forensics, secure application development, IT governance and compliance with policies, laws and regulations.
Ferris began offering a degree in Information Security & Intelligence in 2007, which was several years prior to cyber security becoming mainstream. The program is ranked #1 in Michigan and in the top 25 nationally. The Information Security & Intelligence degree is unique in that it covers both Information Security and Intelligence. The Intelligence aspects deal with Data Analytics and critical thinking skills, including link/visual analysis and competitive theory. Ferris has the only program in the country that combines two of the most in demand skill sets – Information Security and Data Analytics – into one program. Students that find Data Analytics of particular interest can also major in Business Data Analytics."
Greg Gogolin, Ph.D.
Information Security & Intelligence
National Security Agency Center of Excellence
DC3 Center of Digital Forensic Academic Excellence
Ferris State University
"A key risk to our economy and security is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect our extensive networks. Growing the next generation of a skilled cybersecurity workforce ‒ as well as training those already in the workforce ‒ is a starting point to building stronger defenses.
According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is essential that we graduate students entering the workforce to fill the vast number of positions available and use technology, safely, securely, ethically and productively. Week 4 will encourage students and professionals to explore cybersecurity as a viable and rewarding profession. Key influencers – like parents, teachers, guidance counselors and state and local officials – will learn more about this growing field and how to engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers."
Having a career in Cyber Security can be very rewarding. It is fast-paced and challenging in an ever-changing Cyber world.