In a hack-heavy environment, nobody wants to take chances
You hear it on the news: a well-known company has its privacy breached, and the results are irreversible. You may remember the Sony Pictures email hack, or the recent celebrity photo leaks; or perhaps you even know a good friend or a co-worker whose personal computer has been infected with a virus.
These are the everyday risks of dealing in a digital culture. And they’re also a big part of the reason computer security specialists are in such continuous demand.
Students who enroll in Branford Hall’s computer networking and security training program are taught a variety of skills, many of them associated with preventing or eliminating the occasional security threat. One key to success resides in knowing how to spot each system’s vulnerability, and assuring every employer the overall server is secure.
Here are three specific reasons most organizations require the skills of a network professional, and how the ability to prevent emerging threats can make one’s services more valuable.
1. Email is the primary mode of communication
Email serves the same purpose at most organizations that phone calls and corporate memos did in the 1990s. Because there is proprietary information being passed back and forth, each organization assumes the responsibility of ensuring every email account is secure.
Security specialists may be asked to help onboard the system, and then protect the organization from potential risks as they arise. In the event that an employee’s email is breached, it’s up to the specialist to identify – and eradicate – the problem. Once that’s done, the next priority becomes ensuring that all the other in-house accounts remain secure from that threat as well.
2. Online searches are essential
Employees at many organizations are required to do some online searches. The problem is that the more searches that are done, the higher the risk that an individual might click on a contaminated link. Within minutes the entire computer could be infected.
Network specialists are trained to set up firewalls that can either warn users of a potential threat before allowing them to access a page, or forbid them from accessing any unsecure pages altogether. This minimizes the organization’s exposure and forces every user to think twice before clicking.
3. The occasional breach is unavoidable
The larger the organization, the more common it is for a simple virus to infect the system. Network specialists are there to put out the fire when it does occur, and they’re essential to the organization in that manner. Depending on the specialist’s role, this may mean accepting the occasional independent contract, or it may mean working for an employer full-time.
The most important duty for a full-time specialist is to keep an eye out for emerging threats before they arise. Lost or breached information can represent a major expense, and the more vigilant a networking specialist, the less exposed any organization will be.
Do you think a career in computer networking and security might be a fit for you? This program is available at our North Brunswick, Jersey City and Parsiappany campuses in New Jersey. Request more information or learn more about Branford Hall’s computer networking and security training program.