What you need to know about Cyber security- Insights from an Industry Expert

by Chloe Baird
Posted: July 22, 2020

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The Cyber Security industry is growing at an astonishingly fast pace. With employees on the lookout for skilled professionals, there’s no shortage of job opportunities here in Australia or overseas.

The importance of having a strong and resilient network was proved recently when a widespread cyber attack was launched on the Australian government itself.¹

This attack was first reported on Friday, 19 June, 2020. The chief executive officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), Rachael Falk, had a stark reminder for Australians: "Threats come from anywhere, every day of the week."

With Cyber Crime costing the Australian economy more than $1 billion every year, the numbers are clear: Australia needs professionals with Cyber Security skills.  

So, if you’re looking to break into the Cyber Security industry and make a career for yourself, now’s the time to do it. Here’s what you need to know about Cyber Security today.

What are the experts saying about the Cyber Security industry?

To get a professional’s analysis of the Cyber Security industry and why businesses need to be investing in Cyber Security, we spoke to Jeremy Daly.

Jeremy is the Cybersecurity Product Manager for DDLS. 

Open Colleges recently partnered with AIICT, which is a part of the DDLS family, to deliver the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course.      

“DDLS is the leading provider of information and communications technology in Australasia,” explains Jeremy. “We [DDLS] train teams to ensure that whatever you are doing, it is done efficiently, securely and aligned with industry best-practice. DDLS has traditionally serviced Corporate Australia for their IT training needs, so diversifying into the consumer market and providing accredited training to new entrants is a natural progression. There was a great opportunity in the Australian market to provide the same high-quality programs to this new audience, that our DDLS customers have come to love over our 30-year history.”

Given his experience and industry connections, Jeremy has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Cyber Security. And, as the Cyber Security Product Manager for one of the most well-known and successful IT education providers in Australia, he’s the perfect candidate to answer some of the most pressing questions employees and employers alike have about Cyber Security today.

Q: Why do businesses need to protect themselves from cyber attacks?

A: “Investing in Cyber Security measures will help business and organisations be more resilient to ongoing cyber attacks,” says Jeremy. “This will also ensure continuity of operations by having strong, protective measures in place to keep company, employee, and consumer data safe and to cost effectively detect, respond and recover from an incident.”

Q: There’s a world-wide skill shortage of qualified Cyber Security professionals. How do you see this affecting businesses in Australia?

A: “It can be challenging for businesses to find appropriate Cyber Security individuals so they either need to invest in upskilling their employees or look at outsourcing their Cyber Security to an external party.”

Q: What are the biggest cyber threats facing Australian businesses today?

A: “The biggest threats are a lack of expertise, tools and proper security training within organisations. Some of the most common public cyber-attacks experienced by Australian organisations this year were the result of phishing, ransomware, and web application attacks which could have been prevented with appropriate controls or known fixes.”

Q: What does the future of Cyber Security look like?

A: “With a rise in public cyber attacks resulting from poor security practices and poor employee cyber awareness practices, we are seeing Cyber Security awareness and organisational resilience become a major focus within Australian organisations of all sizes. There is a lot more emphasis and publicity around this situation being driven by the Government at both Federal and State levels.”

Q: For larger businesses, what are the benefits of hiring an in-house Cyber Security expert, as opposed to going through an outside firm?

A: “Having your own in-house security team allows for daily, concentrated energy on maintaining and improving the resilience of your current systems. This generally results in less disruptions and better protection and employees will also have a clearly-established trusted department to turn to in times of assistance.”

Q: Who is the “ideal candidate” for a role as a front line Cyber Security Analyst?

A: “A front line Cyber Security Analyst spends a lot of their day monitoring systems, analysing and interpreting data for activity that may be unusual or threaten security. An individual who has almost a detective-like mentality along with an analytical mindset and who is detail orientated would be well suited to this type of role.”

Q: In Cyber Security, is it better to specialise in a niche field or to focus on general skills?

A: “There’s a need in Cyber Security for both. We need people who understand Cyber Security holistically to apply and scale it across an organisation and we also need individuals who specialise in specific fields and can deep dive into these areas as needed.”

Q: What are the benefits to people studying the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course with DDLS, and what sets you apart from other providers?

A: “The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course gives students the ability to network with other like-minded peers within their cohort while having access to mentors who are experienced Cyber Security practitioners within their relevant fields. The course also includes live webinars with industry professionals, industry recognised certifications and industry partner programs.”

Are you ready to study an online Cyber Security course?

You can enrol today for the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course. This is an online course, which gives you the freedom and flexibility to study online whenever you want, wherever you are. But, as Jeremy mentioned above, just because it’s online does not mean you’ll be studying alone. The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course has set start dates, which means you’ll be starting at the same time as other future Cyber Security Professionals. You’ll learn together and compete against one another in fun learning activities like ‘Hack the Box’, while also keeping one another motivated.

Are you ready to take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in Cyber Security?

Follow the link and get started now.

 

 

 

Source: *1. ABC. Hitch, Georgia. Probyn, Andrew. 19 June, 2020. China believed to be behind major cyber attack on Australian governments and businesses’.  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-19/foreign-cyber-hack-targets-australian-government-and-business/12372470

 

 

 

Chloe Baird
Chloe is an Open Colleges alumnus who now works full time for Open Colleges as a copywriter and content specialist. She has previously worked as an advertising copywriter for a global technology and homewares retailer and as a content and marketing specialist for a boutique Australian travel agency, specialising in Japan. As a successful Open Colleges graduate, she is passionate about creating informative, relevant content that can help educate and inspire future students to achieve their own goals through study.

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