Hot Job Trend: Cyber Security!

High employer demand, great salaries, huge promotion prospects – cyber security jobs are super hot right now. Find out what the career options are for you.


According to Forbes, the market growth of cyber security is expected to reach USD170 billion per 2020. Worldwide, there will be nearly a million jobs available.  

Why the popularity? It has to do with how IT is changing businesses everywhere. More industries are becoming reliant on software and digital transformations, from banking to retail to healthcare. The more digitalized we become, the more vulnerable we get with hackers stealing information like passwords and personal details. 

In a nutshell, cyber security helps to prevent this from happening, protecting computers, networks, programmes, data, official records and other valuable information from being accessed by hackers.

And with digital crimes becoming more sophisticated and hackers becoming more advanced, we need more good guys to police the cyber realm, especially for businesses as a hack can mean not only tons of profits but also a PR nightmare!

This is all good news for students with cyber security skills – you’ll be in demand in this fast-growing industry! Plus, because be dealing with different situations, cyber security jobs are never boring. 

JOB OPTIONS IN CYBER SECURITY
Here are some job options related to cyber security that you may want to explore:

PENETRATION TESTER
A penetration tester is a consultant with network security knowledge who tries to break into or find possible exploits in a company’s computer systems and software. Yes, much like a hacker – but with good intentions that is to discover the loopholes and fill out reports so that the company can take the next preventative steps to rectify the problems.

ETHICAL HACKER
Almost similar to a penetration tester, an ethical hacker usually conducts more advanced and intensive penetration tests to identify vulnerabilities in computer systems. You’ll need to be super familiar with the company’s systems and operations, as well as have the ability to analyze and conduct risk assessment to come up with security measures for these vulnerabilities. 

COMPUTER CRIME INVESTIGATORS
Hey there, digital detective! Your mission? To investigate crimes like systems being hacked, data being stolen – basically crimes committed digitally. So you’re really like a cyber police where you might work for large corporations to solve any digital issues while maximizing optimal computer system performance levels. 

COMPUTER FORENSICS INVESTIGATOR/ANALYSTS
You have all the special skills and training to do many cyber security things, working mostly with law enforcement agencies and private firms to retrieve information from computers that have been hacked, testing the security of information systems, analyzing hard drives and networks. 

CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER (CISO)
Also known as Director of Security, you’re the big boss so to speak. Your task is to provide your company with full cyber protection and being able to predict possible threats so that it doesn’t happen. You need to know all the latest current hardware and software systems as well as new changes in IT security systems. In other words, you need to be one step ahead of the bad guys!

MALWARE ANALYST
Viruses, worms, bots, rootkits and Trojan horses – these are the baddies that you’ll be working against in your role as a malware analyst to ensure that these malicious codes don’t infect your systems, causing them to behave in unexpected ways while also stealing data like financial records. Because malicious codes come in different forms, you’ll need to be in the know of programming languages and understand reverse-engineering and software development.

SECURITY ANALYST
Your job? To maintain the security and integrity of data. Your responsibility? To analyze the security measures of a company, implement training on proper security measures, recommend security changes for systems improvement and create documentation to help the company in case of breaches.

SECURITY ARCHITECT
You’ll be maintaining the security of your company’s computer system. You’ll need to think like a hacker, anticipating their moves and tactics so that you can think of how to stop attacks before they even happen. 

SECURITY AUDITOR
You’ll provide an audit of the security systems used by your company, including a detailed report to outline if the system rums efficiently and risk free. Your analysis will help the company make changes where necessary to improve on their system. 

Interested to learn more about cyber security? At UNIMY, programmes are focused on cyber security to keep students up-to-date on the latest advancements in IT. Check out www.unimy.edu.my to learn more about what’s in stored for you.

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