Insider Guides: Careers of the Future - Cyber Security

Globalisation, automation and rapidly changing needs mean the future of employment will probably look very different to now. In fact, many current careers won’t exist in the next 10 to 20 years. So, it’s critical that students ask the important question: ‘Will my chosen study path lead to strong job opportunities after graduation and beyond?’

14 Nov 2019


Why cyber security?

We all like to think we can completely trust our online platforms. However, the fact is that we don’t always know where our data is going, or who we are actually revealing our information to. Remember the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal? In general, most of us use the internet without thinking too hard about the digital footprint we leave behind, or how our information could be stolen and used against us.

Cyber security experts assess risks, recover lost data, secure information from hackers, and guard the web against attackers. As a cyber security expert, you’ll work behind the scenes to strengthen systems and develop solutions to secure, control and protect sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.

You’ll protect people’s online lives (and livelihoods)

We actually are living online,” said expert Romeo Farinacci, in his TED talk on the importance of cyber security. “If the bad people get hold of this information, they can actually pervert what we are doing and who we are, and actually change our image. Change what we are trying to represent. Modify the truth.”

You could be doing anything from protecting democratic data exchanged during elections and securing sensitive client medical records, to combating cyber terrorism and cyber espionage. You’ll be integral in stopping fraud, guarding against malicious attacks, and maintaining the integrity of important networks.

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