Connected devices, poor coding, and under-skilled cyber security leads to increases in cyber attacks

May 29, 2019
Connected devices, poor coding, and under-skilled IT is leading to increases in cyber attacks and a growing demand for cyber security experts.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A war is raging for cyber security talent. The government and private industry are scrambling for talent. Thousands of information-security jobs are going unfilled as the industry in the U.S. struggles with a shortage of properly trained professionals. By one estimate, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. Dave Barton at Security Magazine reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

29 May 2019 -- The talent problem is not new. Highlighting the problem in the last five to 10 years has been the increase in cyber attacks. Not only have cyber attacks grown in frequency and intensity, but also cyber security has risen to become a board-level issue. After the Target 2013 attack, boards and executives realized cyber security was a business issue and some started putting more money behind it. The aftermath is that everyone is hiring, all at the same time.

I’ve witnessed these problems first-hand for years at nearly every company I’ve worked for, be they small, medium or large. Size doesn’t matter.

What has caused this rise in cyber attacks? The first being the connectedness of everything — cars, refrigerators, TVs, etc. Then there’s the monetary incentive for attacks – health care records, for example, sell for almost $150 per record. Add to that poor coding of products that leave them vulnerable to cyber attacks. Finally, the shortage of skilled and experienced security practitioners’ forces companies to use less skilled and experienced IT personnel to try and protect sensitive data and intellectual property.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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