Back in December JIU co-sponsored a conference, the Billington CyberSecurity Summit West, which brought together some of our country’s leading minds in the field of cyber security. Professionals from both the public and private sector attended the event to discuss how our national government, private corporations, and individuals can work to find solutions to real cyber security threats. Conference participants had the opportunity to glean tips from the experts, tokens of knowledge from government and military officials and participate in discussions regarding best practices for information security in the corporate world. A common thread throughout the day was the concept that cybercrime is a real and growing threat. Each expert harped on the importance of hiring well-trained individuals to protect the informational assets of large and small corporations. Here is a video which highlights some of the speakers from the day and the magnitude of effects of cybercrime.
This video is an inspirational catalyst for our program and an important call to action. With cybercrime reports popping up all over the news, we can only assume that the demand for information security professionals will continue to grow. An article from today’s Washington Post discusses how many government contractors – Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics – are opening “cyber solutions centers” across the country just to handle the demand for government security issues. As a guaranteed growth market for these companies, the business of cyber security will also need a dedicated and well-trained workforce. The opportunity to jump-start a career in information technology is ripe, learn how you can join the movement: www.jiu.edu/cybersecurity .