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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020, which was more than twice the $41,950 median annual wage for all occupations.

By the year 2030, the number of computer and IT sector jobs in the U.S. will have increased to 5.7 million.

Demand for highly trained IT workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, big data collection and storage, and cybersecurity.

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If you’re thinking about the best ways to stop the most prevalent types of cyberattacks, then the Inver Hills Network Technology and Security A.A.S. program is made to order for you. Can you define terms like teardrop attack, ping of death, botnets, IP spoofing, spearphishing, polymorphic viruses, ransomware, worms, and boot-record infectors? Then you definitely have the makings of a cybersecurity professional.

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According to Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrime outlays will mushroom by 15 percent per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. That’s sizeable escalation when compared to $3 trillion in damages in 2015.

Cybercrime represents the most massive transfer of economic wealth in the history of humankind. Cybersecurity Ventures adds that cybercrime “risks the incentives for innovation and investment, is exponentially larger than the damage inflicted from natural disasters in a year, and will be more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs combined.”

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) documented nearly 100 significant cyber incidents in the U.S. in 2021 alone. CSIS focuses on cyberattacks on government agencies, national defense, and high-tech companies, or economic crimes with losses of more than $1 million.

Information security analysts are the cybersecurity pros who plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 33 percent growth rate for information security analyst jobs between 2020 and 2030. Compare that to the 8 percent average for all occupations. On top of that, the median annual wage for information security analysts topped $103,000 in May 2020.

In-demand functions for cybersecurity professionals:

  • Mobile security
  • Data analytics
  • Security analysis
  • Application security
  • Security architecture and investigation
  • Point-of-sale systems
  • Hacking expertise and penetration testing
  • Interpersonal relations

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