In the last month, at least six major U.S. banks have been victim of recent cyber attacks. Hackers rendered bank websites useless by initiating a denial of service (or DDoS) attack and sending massive amounts of traffic to those websites preventing consumers from accessing their information. While experts say the attacks are not the most sophisticated and didn’t compromise consumers’ accounts, they are still difficult to defend against and signal a growing need for cyber defense.
To fight this growing trend of cyber attacks, companies are staffing up with cyber security professionals thus spawning the need for more skilled professionals in the field, including systems analysts, information systems security specialists and network systems administrators. While firms are staffing up now, hiring is expected to climb in the coming years across industries including the government, financial institutions and private companies.
Some of the duties these cyber security professionals will be required to do include protecting network infrastructures, recognizing signs of an attack, reacting and solving when there’s a breach, and restoring and improving computer systems after there’s a breach.