Further Equipping Cybersecurity Professionals

Aug 26th, 2009 | By webucation | Category: Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is becoming a more important issue and aspect of information technology these days. The virtual world is getting bigger and bigger. Everyday, there are hundreds to thousands of new Websites that are made, complementing about millions of new Internet users across the globe. Different types of cyber crimes and security issues also abound.

There is a growing call for cybersecurity education to be further revamped. Many professionals, Internet users, legislators, and IT experts are calling for diversity in cybersecurity education and training. Professionals in the field should be trained and educated not only in the specific technology but also in other related subjects like business strategies, ethics, human relations, and law. To some proponents of this initiative, cybersecurity professionals should function more like renaissance men and women who are geared to meeting modern day challenges.

There is a growing call for developing a new and more skilled breed of multidisciplinary experts in the online security. Many education and IT experts are also asking diversity into psychology and organizational behavior. There is a need to understand that online security practitioners are practically trained instead of educated. Current trainings for cybersecurity professionals include use of certain applications, techniques, and tools.

There is no specific course that helps professionals gain better and useful understanding of behaviors and principles that make up Internet security. Thus, diversification of training to transform as formal education is endorsed by many.

It is also highlighted that currently, there are only a few universities and institutions that offer cybersecurity programs for would-be Internet professionals. Aside from making cybersecurity a formal education, many people are also calling for the subject to be a full-length profession. This underlines the importance and necessity of online security.

Some IT experts are already envisioning a professional degree in cybersecurity that covers specific technical subjects like distributed systems, computer security principles, networking, software engineering, systems reliability, cryptography, and use of human factors and interfaces. Of course, mentioned specific multi-disciplinary subjects are also proposed to be included.

There are also calls to make trainings and education for cybersecurity a multidisciplinary undergraduate program in college. This is to institute and enhance professionals’ system trustworthiness, which should be the foundation of IT professionals majoring in Internet security. Proponents like cybersecurity courses to be analogous to pre-med and pre-law courses in tertiary education. Several courses should be offered from different academic departments.

The goal of broadening cybersecurity education is to facilitate usage of every conceivable policy and technical tools for achievement of trustworthiness. Doing so is also believed to ensure that IT solutions would be eventually evaluated in broader societal contexts. This is for the purpose of contemplating trade-offs and risk management between varied social values like privacy versus accountability.

Of course, it is just obvious that Internet security has become a really important issue these days. As almost all businesses move only and basic business transactions get completed and coursed through the Internet, ensuring overall security is very important. Cybersecurity should be addressed more. Professionals of course need to be further equipped with necessary education way beyond training for technical skills. The Internet is fast and is constantly expanding. So do online security problems and issues.

It is better to improve current systems and further equip professionals than to be sorry in the future.

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