It may be a “virtual” realm of activity on the Internet, but the criminal activity out there is real. Fraud and identity theft are among the crimes identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious issues, and trained experts are needed to track down perpetrators and prevent illegal activities.

The field of cybersecurity is still evolving right along with technology, generating jobs at a much faster pace than the national average. In fact, information security jobs are projected to grow by 40 percent or more over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Jobs in Cybersecurity are projected to grow by 40 percent or more over the next decade.
— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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A Wide Range of Applications

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Because technology spans all industries, being skilled in computer data analysis opens up dozens of career doors beyond the government-related fields you might associate with cybersecurity.

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Many cybersecurity experts work in the corporate world, where they protect social security and credit card information and financial transactions, or prevent leaks of products still in development.

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Businesses employing cybersecurity workers can include banks, healthcare providers, tech and retail firms, “or any small business connected via the internet,” according to the BLS.

These employees may be focused on upgrading computer networks and regulating data access, or responding to breaches and viruses. The technology needs of businesses, large and small, are growing every day.

 

Cybersecurity and Computer Technology at PTC

With a new computer technology concentration at Piedmont Technical College, students can begin building a foundation for entry-level positions in this emerging field. The concentration will provide students with the concepts and skills of cybersecurity, including security of systems and infrastructure in business and industry. Students will also learn how to protect networks and defend information systems from attack.