Keeping Cyber Security in Focus
In addition to marking both Fire Prevention Week and the 20th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993, the month of October is also becoming known for being National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Since 2003 this initiative has aimed to raise awareness at multiple levels of the ever-growing need for personal, financial, and business data security. As we have explored in previous blog posts, data is being generated constantly by both individuals and businesses, and this data generation will only continue to increase exponentially. As the sheer amount of data increases, so too does the need to ensure the security of that data.
While the month as a whole focuses on the importance of staying informed about cyber security, I want to focus on this specific week of the initiative, officially titled “Cyber Workforce and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders” (check out the official site here). This week’s main focus is on educating young people today, to become our tech security heroes of tomorrow. This is being accomplished through several educational initiatives that target all ages from elementary school to college (several good education resources have been made available on the National Cyber Security Alliance website, StaySafeOnline.org).
Below are just a few of the key reasons why this education and training for future security professionals is so important:
- Technology itself is continually changing and evolving, and new types of technology (particularly mobile technology) are becoming mainstream very quickly. This provides hackers with endless new opportunities to compromise that technology and steal data.
- The practice of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) is becoming more popular for businesses these days, but the emphasis on securing the data on those devices hasn’t been keeping up with that increase (for proof, check out this survey from earlier this year).
- More and more businesses are making the move to a cloud infrastructure, which can present new security concerns all on its own. As the cloud computing trend continues to grow in the years to come (for businesses of all sizes), the need to ensure the security of data in the cloud will be paramount.
The task of educating and training the next generation of IT security experts is one that all of us at Data Cave are passionate about, and one that we are already getting involved in. Our CTO Caleb Tennis recently contributed to a local newspaper article about a high school program that trains students how to use servers, as well as how to keep the data managed by them safe and secure. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Caleb Tennis, Chief Technology Officer at the Data Cave in Columbus, said hacking computers is a huge business. He said much of that information — particularly credit card numbers — have a value on the black market.
“If you can steal 10,000 credit card numbers, that’s a lot of money,” he said. “There’s a lot of ways for people to gain access to your data, and it’s changing all the time.”
That’s why the C4 Servers and Security class is so important, said Tennis, who plans to get involved with the C4 pathway as a community partner. Companies realize the importance of protecting their information, which he said emphasizes a need for trained professionals who receive continuing education to stay ahead of hackers.
Being able to play a part in training the next generation of IT security pros, especially in our local community, is something we take great pride in at Data Cave, and we are definitely excited to help contribute to this need over the next several years. As the technology we all use every day continues to evolve, this will continue to become more and more important in the years to come.
Learn more about Data Cave’s security track record in these additional posts:
Other useful resources:
Social Networking Safety
Kids’ Rules for Online Safety
The Essential Teen Internet Safety Guide
Cyber Tips for Older Americans
Tips for Safe Internet Banking
Tips for Keeping Your Business Safe Online
Tips for Identifying Fraudulent Emails
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