Cyber Security Report
CS Report, Myra Deister, 4/25/14
By Ryan Dominguez
What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security can be defined as an “information technology security,” and encompasses protection of many technological devices (databases, computers, phones, etc.) from unwanted hacking, virus, access, and desolation of currently wanted programming/files. This cutting edge practice can be applied to multiple technological bases, easily meaning it can affect anyone at any time. Furthermore, the rapidly increasing STEM aspect of modern day society warrants dependence on increased technology, further highlighting the importance of cyber security both to a single individual and the society as a whole. As important leaders and governmental institutions rely on computers/databases to store essential national, global, and confidential information, it is imperative that the practice of cyber security is not taken lightly, as one wrong practice by an intruder could easily crumble an individual’s secrets or a society’s fundamental foundations.
What does a Cyber Security Professional Do?
The job of a cyber security professional, is henceforth, universally desired. These individuals work to ensure that the essential technological systems that possibly everyone relies on, are made safer and more efficiently. For example, these individuals help establish virus protection to prevent degradation of hardware, as well as firewalls to prevent other attackers/threats from penetrating secretive information. These individuals not only help to safeguard our current technological dependencies, but also work to prevent the potential negative effects we ourselves may create with this technology: to “protect all the good things cyber security can prevent us from doing.” In order to remain safe to the best extent, cyber security professionals also ensure the limitations of our technology to uphold rights and necessities, such as assuring the common citizens that the government will not gain unlimited access to its people’s private records. Cyber security seeks to limit as much as it seeks to protect.
Essential Traits? Do I have What It Takes??
According to the cyber security career, certain traits are essential to create an effective cyber security professional. These traits include:
1) Gadget Addict: Constant fiddling and interest with technology will help people get accustomed to technology’s limitations and potential dangers, meaning that those wishing to pursue this career will best know how to protect this technology and its users.
2) Solving Problems: The practice of cyber security is essentially a puzzle, and those who are skilled in solving problems will be innovative in enforcing cyber security and its practices.
3)Enjoy saving the day: These professionals are essentially heroes, as they prevent the ruining of an individual’s, as well as a society’s, hidden secrets with little desire for reward.
4) Complex Situations aren’t overwhelming: These professionals should be able to stay calm, so as to not get distracted and let potential threats/intruders succeed in penetrating technological security.
5) Wild Imagination: These professionals need a creative mind to understand how viruses and other threats hope to threaten security, so they may anticipate and best combat them.
6) Good listener: Listening well is essential so that these professionals know the modern approaches to security, and are not left behind and outdated by those who threaten it.
7) Natural multi-tasker: Being able to multitask is helpful because these professionals will have to protect many individuals and different databases at the same time, to the extent that they may need to do it all at once to save time
8) Team Player: Like many other jobs, cyber security professionals need to cooperate to efficiently protect the digital network, as it is too large to protect single -handedly.
9) Staying ahead of the curve: These professionals need to be able to anticipate and not merely follow the current trend, so as to foresee future problems and work to prevent them before they arise.
10) Pay Attention to Details: Like coding, programming, or any other technological feat, cyber security requires precise, cogent implication to prevent even the tiniest intrusion of threat from penetrating private security.
I personally feel I would be suited for the job, as I exemplify each essential trait to a necessary degree. In the future, I may consider a career in cyber security, as it is both innovative and highly demanded to both protect and serve your fellow man and country.