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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: A Spotlight on Careers in Cybersecurity

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Each year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) lead a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise cybersecurity awareness.

October was declared Cybersecurity Awareness Month back in 2004 by the US government to help individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data became more common. Today, 18 years later, cyberattacks and data security breaches continue to grow at a record pace year after year, meaning that cybersecurity professionals are needed now more than ever.

Cybersecurity Careers

So, what do cybersecurity professionals do? According to Indeed, “working in cybersecurity means protecting company networks, data and various systems from digital attack.” Positions within cybersecurity can range from IT roles such as support specialist and infrastructure specialist, to more consulting roles such as analyst and consultant.

As a result of increasing cyberattacks and everchanging technology, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high and is expected to continue to increase. As reported by Cybersecurity Ventures, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs grew by 350 percent, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021.

Aside from the growing demand, careers in cybersecurity have many attractive benefits. As stated by Indeed, cybersecurity careers often have impressive salary prospects, minimal qualification requirements, and remote work capabilities. And considering the everchanging digital world we live in, there is an unlimited potential to learn and grow within a cybersecurity role.

Cybersecurity at TBG

At TBG, our information risk management division, FoxPointe Solutions, offers cybersecurity consulting solutions that help organizations limit their risk and ensure that their security protocols align with various regulatory requirements. Furthermore, our cybersecurity professionals offer IT audit, penetration testing, general consulting, Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) services, and more.

Charlie Wood, Executive Vice President of FoxPointe Solutions, shared, “we offer personalized services that are tailored to our customers risks and needs. We don’t nickel and dime our customers and we are always available if they have a need.”

Within accounting and finance, firms manage and store sensitive client information and financial data, making them the perfect target for cybercriminals seeking financial gain. In fact, accounting firms are more likely to suffer a cyberattack than other businesses, making it critical to have sophisticated cybersecurity controls in place.

Is a Career in Cybersecurity Right for You?

We sat down with a couple of our cybersecurity experts, including Charlie, to further discuss the benefits of a career in cybersecurity, as well as why they entered the field.

After 23+ years of experience in the IT, cybersecurity and compliance space, Charlie shared that he still enjoys helping people through the use of technology. “No day is the same, no customer is the same and no issues are the same. Technology moves quickly and with that brings a new opportunity to learn and help people,” said Charlie.

“There are very few fields, if any, that move as quickly as technology moves. With these changes comes client risks that didn’t previously exist. This means there really are endless opportunities in cybersecurity.” 

Analyst at FoxPointe Solutions, Jamie Normand, shared, “I have always been interested in computers and technology. I recently made the decision to start working towards a M.S. degree in computer science and I wanted to make a career switch that aligned with this pursuit.”

If you are interested in learning more about a career in cybersecurity, don’t hesitate to reach out today. And if you’d like to learn more about FoxPointe Solutions, please visit https://www.foxpointesolutions.com/ or reach out to cwood@foxpointesolutions.com.