The continual stream of bad news about costly data breaches and ransomware attacks throughout 2021 has businesses on high alert. From the Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident early in the year to the Neiman Marcus data breach and GoDaddy hack more recently, the headlines have been full of evidence that cybersecurity should be at the top of the list for companies wanting to keep their data and their operations from being the victim of the next attack.
As a result, the job market for cybersecurity is booming—but the demand for trained cybersecurity professionals is crashing into a lack of trained talent. As of May 2021, there were 465,000 open positions in cybersecurity nationwide, according to a tech job-tracking database from the U.S. Commerce Department, a number that is expected to grow rather than shrink in coming years as more companies recognize the need for in-house expertise. [i]
Unfortunately, companies can’t wait to staff cybersecurity positions until the size of the talent pool catches up to recruiting needs. If you have an IT team in-house, you may feel like you’re already covered, because you have dedicated professionals maintaining your network and software. In one sense, you’re right—you have the exact people you need to create a cybersecurity solution without waiting for an outside hire. However, without the correct training, they won’t be able to do the job effectively.
Your IT team is responsible for maintaining the networks, hardware, and software your company uses to store and share digital information. However, their expertise in that area doesn’t necessarily give them the knowledge and skills they need to implement effective cybersecurity. Understanding how to prevent, detect, and respond to electronic attacks is a different, specialized skillset.
Most IT professionals don’t really understand cybersecurity, even though they recognize the importance of having strong security controls, because their training and experience hasn’t prepared them for it. Careful Security Academy can help. We have a program designed to get your people up to speed and knowledgeable fast with practical skills that can be immediately applied.
Hands-On Practice, Real-World Applications
Careful Security Academy’s curriculum is built with a clear goal in mind: teaching our students the hands-on cybersecurity skills they will need to use in the workplace. Our classes aren’t about dry theory—we teach with real-world examples and engaging exercises to build competence and confidence.
We start with security basics like vulnerability management, risk assessment, access management, and cryptography and encryption. Once our students understand how to detect and mitigate vulnerabilities, control who can get into your network, and protect your data, they move on to defensive and offensive security strategies, learning how hackers work and the techniques they will need to prevent or recover from a cyberattack. We even offer coursework in security compliance, enabling your staff to keep your company on top of the stringent requirements of major compliance standards such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, and more.
All of our courses are taught by highly trained, experienced instructors who keep lessons fun and engaging. Careful Security Academy classes are structured to be taught over Zoom, so they’re convenient for your team to access from wherever you’re located. We can work with you to create a plan that covers the skills and information your company most urgently needs, giving your employees the tools to keep your information and systems safe as efficiently as possible.
Most importantly, because we believe in learning by doing, our students emerge ready to put what they’ve learned into practice right away. Both you and your team will appreciate the value of training that is immediately useful and on point.
Protect Your Business Now
If you’ve been having trouble finding the right cybersecurity professional, there’s more than one way to get the expertise you need in-house. Careful Security Academy can give your trusted IT team the skills to protect against, detect, and mitigate cyber threats against your company. To find out more about Careful Security’s cybersecurity education program, contact us here.