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Cybersecurity Risk Rises, But Interest in the Field Lags


Yahoo is the latest victim

Last month, another large organization reported the theft of personal information from their network. Yahoo became the latest victim in a string of high-profile cases of stolen account information from large companies, joining the likes of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target, Home Depot, and others.

According to Raytheon, this possible state-sponsored attack on Yahoo resulted in unauthorized access to a wealth of personal information. This included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, and, in some cases, passwords.

Yahoo’s response

Yahoo CISO Bob Lord, released a statement letting all users know that measures are being taken to reestablish control of their systems.

When it comes to protecting these large networks, Raytheon suggested that cybersecurity is not a waiting game. The company noted that in order to find and deter the sophisticated, damaging cyber threats, security professional need to be on the hunt.

Interest in the cybersecurity field

There is one issue in using this tactic: many organizations do not have the resources to find, train, and retain staff with these capabilities. According to a recent survey conducted by Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance, another big reason for potential pitfall in strengthening cybersecurity is that most young adults do not currently have interest in cyber careers.

There are many reasons to explain the currently low interest in the cybersecurity field.

One part of the survey focused on the millennial generation, ages 18 to 26 from 12 different countries. Results revealed a lack of awareness of cybersecurity job opportunities and lack of knowledge of available cybersecurity programs and activities.

The survey identified that 64 percent of U.S. respondents never had a teacher or guidance/career counselor ever mentioned the career field to them.

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