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6 Things International Students don’t know about Cyber Security

Cyber Security, as the name suggests, is a method to safeguard systems, networks and software programs from internal and systemic attacks. Cyber attacks or intrusions are made with the purpose of making way, altering or removing sensitive data from the system. These malpractices include permanent changes in any business dealings, money laundering or extortion, illegal access to private information of individuals.

Enabling effective Cyber Security measures is a demanding task today as technology has taken over most human activities and has outnumbered human beings in general and cyber attackers are thinking out of the box to hack systems.

1. Misconceptions about Cyber Security

  • Any company can be affected by cyber attacker: This is not confined to bigger enterprises or organizations. It’s not your size or brand, if you are not protected then you are vulnerable
  • An anti-virus may not always be effective: All malicious attacks are not covered by anti-virus software available in the market.
  • Cyber attacks come for outside: That is not always true, with greater attrition levels and churning of staff more people have access to internal systems in companies. Employees opening attachments or emails can infect a system
  • Password is difficult to crack: Passwords are actually easy to predict. Not only people have passwords that are easy to recall but the same one is used on multiple platforms.
  • If your computer is infected you would know: This is not the case anymore. Sometimes there are no outward signs of information being accessed.
  • Cyber security is an expensive affair: Cyber Security is totally affordable in comparison to what is at stake for you. Depending on your requirement it may sometimes be a program you would need to install or it may also be a custom solution.

 There is a global shortage of two million Cyber Security professionals by 2019 as predicted by a security advocacy group. There is big demand for the role of a cyber specialist and there is always a shortfall of suitable talent.

 2. Cyber Attacks

There are many different types of cyber attacks. The most common ones are:

  • Malware; malicious software, viruses and spyware
  • Denial-of-service-attack
  • SQL
  • Phishing
  • Zero-day exploit
  • Man-in-the-middle-attack

3. Making headway into the career

In order to become a cyber specialist a mandatory 4 year bachelor’s degree in computer programming, computer science, IT, mathematics, data analytics course is required. Apart from this, it is essential to work as a computer security expert, get some work experience in the field and be associated with this profession.

4. Skills needed for a Cyber Security Specialist

  • Clarity on all IT fundamentals
  • Superior coding skills
  • Understanding operating systems inside out
  • Certifications (CISSP, CEH, and Comp TIA Security etc).
  • Good communication skills

5. The Future of Cyber Security

Artificial intelligence is the future of Cyber Security. Cyber solutions in terms of Artificial Intelligence is what the next generation is looking at and this industry is undergoing a paradigm shift in terms of design and implementation within all its products and services.

6. Pay scales for Cyber Specialist

The role of a cyber specialist is very specific in nature. The role can range from ‘security administrator’ to ‘IT specialist’ to ‘cyber security analyst’ etc. According to The Australian Government’s Job Outlook, the demand for them is constantly rising with full-time workers earning in the tune of $1700 approximately per week on an average

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