What Does the Future of Cybersecurity Look Like?

What does the future of cybersecurity look like? Cyberattacks are the fastest growing crimes in the U.S, with damages exceeding $6 trillion globally in 2021. Every type of organization is at risk, including nonprofits, small businesses, health, and medical facilities, large corporations, and more. 

Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, which means more significant opportunities for a rewarding career in the ever-growing field of cybersecurity. Read on to discover more about the future of the industry and its expected trends! 

CYBER THREATS TODAY

Cybersecurity is as relevant as ever with the development of modern tech, information technology, and more. As cyberattacks grow more sophisticated, so do the responsive methods to reduce them. Companies with online assets are beginning to realize this and are increasingly giving more attention to protecting their back-end computer systems.

There are particular threats common to cyber criminality that all cybersecurity professionals should be aware of; learn about some of them below: 

Malware

Malware is a category of cyberattack related to software that carries out predatory threats. In other words, malware is a cyberattack that intends to exploit any programmable device, service, or network.

Ransomware continues to be the biggest threat to the integrity of company longevity. Malware programs often run silently in the background of other computer programs looking for ways to extract data for financial gain. For example, ransomware often targets personal and corporate devices until the owner of the information pays a monetary ransom. Research confirms that ransomware attacks are becoming more costly and common.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are another popular method of cyber criminality. Scammers conducting phishing scams will contact unsuspecting individuals or companies in an attempt to extract sensitive information, or data, related to the victim of the scam. These scams are most often attempted through email but have been known to occur over the phone, text message, or social media applications.

Smart technology has forever changed the way people communicate, express themselves in their communities, and conduct business. As a result, cyber criminality is here to stay. Criminals will continue compromising information and adapting their methods to withstand the future of cybersecurity technology. 

CYBER THREATS IN THE FUTURE

In the last seven years, data breaches have noticeably increased. The way businesses and business leaders respond to these breaches defines the future of cybersecurity and the trends it creates for years to come. 

A Growing Need

Hackers are growing in sophistication with the employment of automation and machine learning, but so are cybersecurity professionals. Specialists in this field utilize state-of-the-art equipment with advanced algorithms and technology to prevent breaches before they can cause any serious damage. 

In response to these trends, a growing need for trained professionals has been sustained. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 28 percent growth between 2016 and 2026 for information security analysts, who safeguard their companies’ data. This is significantly higher than the seven percent average growth that the Bureau predicts for all jobs.

Policy Trends

Cybersecurity professionals are setting trends in technological policy every day. These policies shape local and national levels of cyber protection and maintain new safety protocols for companies to follow. 

Cybersecurity specialists are encouraging companies to implement better incident response, contingent operations, and disaster recovery plans. In this regard, cyber criminality has become the impetus for expansion. 

A career in cybersecurity is fast-paced, evolving, and always adapting to the newest trends — making this field an exciting career option for motivated persons of cybersecurity. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become a valuable asset to private, nonprofit, and government entities.

Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the growing field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, have the opportunity to sit and pass relevant certifications*, and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity! 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Cybersecurity Jobs: What Are Potential Employers Looking For?

You’ve read our articles, researched the statistics, and determined a career in cybersecurity could be a perfect fit for you. Now, what?

Do you have what it takes to thrive within this comprehensive field of study? Read on to discover what cybersecurity employers are looking for in their next professional. 

DO YOU HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

Managers are looking to answer one fundamental question: Is this person qualified? A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity requires proper education, training, and certification.* We provide our students with the opportunity to gain all three attributes

Degree

According to the (ISC)² 2019 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, you need a degree to qualify for most cybersecurity career opportunities. This includes entry-level positions, as well as those requiring experience. Cybersecurity is an essential function of the contemporary business world. Employers need to know that you are well-trained and knowledgeable in various cybersecurity areas and up-to-date with today’s industry standards.

Experience

Since risk management is critical to the success of modern organizations, employers value real-world cybersecurity experience when making hiring decisions. Candidates who have hands-on experience with simulated cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities are better prepared to handle these scenarios when they happen on the job.

Certifications

Earning and maintaining cybersecurity industry certifications* shows employers that you have the knowledge and skills required. Credentials are created by independent, third-party organizations with high-quality standards. By earning these professional certifications, you’re showing employers that you have met these standards.

With these three relevant credentials on your resume, business owners will be more inclined to pursue an interview and begin the screening process. Your educational background assures them that qualified professionals manage their data, programs, and software.  

DO YOU HAVE THE SKILLS?

A career in cybersecurity involves a compilation of skills and skill sets that differentiate candidates from their competition and can be used toward the professional success of their company.

Employers need candidates ready to hit the ground running and use their hands-on skills to prevent, detect, and combat cybersecurity threats. Alongside these specific skills, employers will be looking for a set of soft skills that enable candidates to learn while on the job. 

Some of those skills include: 

Writing Skills

Cybersecurity professionals deal in detail with data breaches, system mockups, and other informative documents. Therefore, the ability to write technically about these areas is necessary for your success in cybersecurity. 

Interpersonal Skills

Most cybersecurity professionals work in a team environment and are involved in many functional areas of the organization. The ability to work with others isn’t going away anytime soon, so candidates in this field shouldn’t think of themselves as stuck behind a computer screen and away from human interaction. 

Quick Thinking

The ability to think critically and with speed to mitigate potentially threatening damage to network systems is the priority of the cyber manager. Therefore, candidates should assess their ability to act quickly and efficiently under pressure before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

The cybersecurity field is alive with opportunities and is very competitive. The best jobs go to the best candidates, and the best candidates are often those who are the most qualified, prepared, and motivated. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities.

 Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the growing field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, undergo the necessary certification* processes, and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Tammy Kaylor – Staff Highlight

The chances are if you have not already had courses with Tammy Kaylor as a pharmacy technician student or an allied health student, you will. Tammy is a proud staff member of WVJC Online who takes great pride in sharing her knowledge and expertise with her students. Check out the video below to learn more about Tammy’s background and experience.

To learn more about WVJC Online‘s allied health programs request information here!

How to Tell if a Career in Cybersecurity is Right for Me?

Have you ever considered a career in cybersecurity? If so, you may have some questions before moving forward.

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing. In 2019, 70 percent of qualifying organizations regularly implemented protective network systems to prevent cyber threats from compromising daily operations. As this trend continues, the door to a rewarding career in cyber technology and protection should follow. 

Below we’ve detailed a list of questions you should consider before pursuing a career in cybersecurity and how WVJC Online can help you reach your goals. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Before entering any technology field, you should ask yourself, “What will I spend my time doing?” There are various entry-to-high level field opportunities in cybersecurity. It would be best to begin by researching each position. This will help you start formulating opinions about your level of interest and whether a cybersecurity career would be a good fit for you. 

At WVJC Online, we will help to prepare you for a career in any one of the following fields:

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Cyber Operation Specialist
  • Data Recovery Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Malware Analyst
  • Pen Tester
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Help Desk Analyst

Do you have an ability to uncover and reporting sensitive information related to the success of an organization (Incident Responder)? What about simulating a company’s black hat attacks to improve back-end protective systems (Pen Tester)? Would you enjoy identifying, examining, and understanding various forms of malware and their delivery methods (Malware Analyst)?

Answering positively to some of these questions will help push you in the right direction towards a career in cybersecurity. 

WHAT DOES THIS COMMITMENT LOOK LIKE?

In almost any profession, a commitment to lifelong learning is essential to establishing a successful career. Therefore, you should consider if a commitment to self-education in cybersecurity is worthwhile. With each passing year in the modern world, methods, field knowledge, and technology will continue to improve — as will those cyber threats you are tasked to mitigate. 

You should ask yourself the following three questions:

  • Do you enjoy learning about technology?
  • Do you like the prospect of implementing your skills in a professional work environment?
  • Are you willing to keep your skills up-to-date and continue developing them over time?

Cybersecurity is a field alive with opportunities. The best candidates are those who take a long-term approach to learn in their respective fields.

WILL I HAVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE?

A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity will require proper education, training, and certification.* At WVJC Online, we’re committed to providing all three. Our 90 credit program will provide you with the quality education, training, and opportunity for certification* that you’ll need before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

However, nothing is better than firsthand experience. We help students gain hands-on experience by providing an externship at the end of their program.

If you’ve made it this far, but aren’t sold on the idea of a career in cybersecurity just yet, look in your community for employment opportunities, externships, or related engagements into gaining experiential knowledge of this field.

Just like a prospect for the police academy, a ride-along might be what you need before making a well-informed decision about your future. This could be a place for you to garner and hone the skills necessary for a satisfying and rewarding career in cybersecurity and protection. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a cybersecurity program designed to develop cybersecurity and system administration skills that will make you a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities. 

Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be an excellent move for you and your future. The exciting field of cybersecurity is growing, and employers are hiring trained candidates to fill these positions. In our program, you can learn to succeed without prior cybersecurity knowledge, making it beginner-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, call us at 877-25ONLINE or click here to apply to our Cybersecurity program and find out how you can start your journey to a new career in cybersecurity today!

 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam. 

Behind the Scenes of Building Pharmacy Tech Kits

Are you a pharmacy technician student wondering where your clinical practice kits come from? Or a prospective student wondering how you will do clinicals at home? Take a look as the team here at WVJC banded alongside Pharmacy Technician Program Director, Jamie McGuire to create these kits that are sent right to your home!

Talk to an admissions advisor today and find out how you can get started in our WVJC Online Pharmacy Technician program!

Christy Richards – Student Highlight

Medical Coding student Christy Richards has been attending WVJC since January 2021. Before attending WVJC, she attended Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. She says she feels much more at home at WVJC due to the welcoming environment and the support she has from all of the faculty! She loves getting the help she needs and is not looked at as just a number. Christy is also working full-time while going to school! She is a sales representative who works very odd hours. She said, “I work full time, and WVJC fits my schedule so well.”

When Christy was looking for a school to further her education, she did a lot of research for a few months to find a school that would fit her needs and wants. She explained that she felt so welcomed from the beginning, and that feeling has continued throughout her studies. She said, “My only problem now is knowing I’ll have to leave one day and graduate!” Christy chose medical coding because she has always had an interest in the medical field and will still utilize the skills she already has. She was also able to research the certifications and felt that it would allow her to continue learning constantly.

Although she has taken something away from every instructor she has had, she did say that if she had to choose a favorite, it would be her professor Jamie McGuire! Christy has loved all of the assignments from the multiple classes with Jamie, so she knows she will not be bored.

While thinking about future career paths, Christy said she would really like to work as a medical coder at the University of Virginia Hospital or Martha Jefferson Hospital. Christy feels that her education will give her the ability to grow in her career! To continue with her future plans, she is really hoping to be a homeowner and is already working toward this goal! She would also like to work toward a management role and have the ability to sit for more certifications.*

Overall, Christy said that she has been very pleased with her experience at WVJC. She has gained more confidence in herself and her abilities. She is very excited to see where the future will take her and which opportunities will open up. She has shared her experience with her peers and recommends that if they are looking to further education, they should look into WVJC! “You get help the whole way through. Tons of guidance and even assistance with finding that right career/ job placement. It’s a wonderful experience!”

To learn more about WVJC, request information here!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Do I Need To Have Prior Knowledge in Cybersecurity to Enroll in WVJC Online’s Cybersecurity Program?

Did you know that you can pursue the career of your dreams without any prerequisite training at a pace that fits your specific needs? At WVJC Online, we are committed to helping students cross the divide between career desire and its fulfillment. Read on to discover how a degree in Cybersecurity might be for you!

WHAT IS CYBERSECURITY? 

Professionally referred to as “information technology security,” IBM defines cybersecurity as the practice of protecting critical systems and sensitive information from digital attacks. Cybersecurity measures are designed to combat threats against networked systems and applications, whether those threats originate from inside or outside an organization. Simply put, cybersecurity technicians ensure the regular optimization of all electronic systems and data from foreign threats. 

HOW LONG IS THE CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM AT WVJC ONLINE? 

Students enrolling in WVJC Online’s Cybersecurity program should have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution. Because you will be earning an associate degree, we require a minimum of 18 months (or 90 credits) to satisfy the program’s credit requirements. This includes field experience through an externship opportunity towards the end of the program. 

Our goal at WVJC is for students to develop marketable skills that are career-focused and time-efficient without compromising precious classroom time learning subject matter unrelated to their professional desires. As a result, our Cybersecurity program is designed for students to graduate and enter the workforce. 

DO I NEED ANY PRIOR TRAINING OR KNOWLEDGE?

“Where do I start?” is a common sentiment among incoming students. Whether for the first time or changing careers, the prospect of obtaining a degree can sometimes appear nearly impossible. However, at WVJC Online, incoming students are not expected to be amassed any specialized training before enrollment. You don’t need any prior knowledge of cybersecurity before starting class on the first day! We accept students at every level of knowledge and further hone their skills for the cybersecurity job front. 

As the need for computerized security against increasing cyber threats and criminality heightens throughout the modern world, there is an ever-increasing need for cybersecurity employees. That’s where we come in! WVJC Online will take the time to help you gain the essential skills and training necessary to pursue a fruitful career in cybersecurity and other similar professions. 

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

If you’ve used a computer before, you’re more than halfway there. Basic computer skills are to cybersecurity as what “yes” and “no” are to learning English. While some familiarization with cybersecurity terminology could be helpful, it is not a requirement. Instead, our cybersecurity instructors will teach you what it looks like to pursue a career in cybersecurity from the ground up. 

Starting a career in cybersecurity isn’t as complicated as it may appear from the outside. A career in this wide-ranging field is reasonably achievable. With the right amount of effort, educators, and environment, one can achieve a career in this exciting and growing field. 

Don’t let the fear of something new keep you from your next steps with WVJC Online. You have the desire, and we have the resources to help bridge the gap from dream to reality. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

The Cybersecurity program at WVJC Online prepares students to enter the vastly expanding world of cybersecurity. The immersive program offers simulations and a preoperational externship at the end of the program. Our instructors are uniquely committed to the success of their students and have shown a willingness to schedule online and in-person meetings when necessary. 

 Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be an excellent move for you and your future. The exciting field of cybersecurity is growing, and employers are hiring trained candidates to fill these positions. In our program, you will learn to succeed without prior cybersecurity knowledge, making it beginner-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, give us a call at 877-25ONLINE. You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in Cybersecurity!

Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?

Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?

In the age of software reliance and computerized productivity, a sense of online security is increasingly sought after. WVJC Online is doing its part to equip business leaders and companies with the next group of online professionals by providing the training, skills, and experience needed to start a career in the wide-ranging field of cybersecurity. Read on to learn more about why cybersecurity matters. 

CYBERCRIME EXPOSES PRIVACY

A career in cybersecurity is a profession in online privacy, and the importance of cybersecurity cannot be understated. Simply put, cybersecurity is essential because it protects the public’s welfare from loss, theft, and damage to sensitive data and private information. 

Living online has added a level of security risk and exposure that was otherwise absent a few decades ago. People put everything on their smart devices — from bank accounts and credit cards to online passwords and high school graduation dates. As a result, nearly anything there is to know about someone can be discovered on the Internet. 

Without cybersecurity, private individuals and public organizations increase their risk of attempted cyber attacks, fraud, hacking, and data corruption. In addition, online hackers are always on the lookout for backdoor entries to personal information and data. The acquisition of this data could prove disastrous to the quality of life of the affected person(s).

The online community consists primarily of consumers, so awareness of cybersecurity is only now beginning to rise. As our communities become more dependent upon computerized and software products, the need for an expansive and qualified cybersecurity field will grow too. 

CYBERCRIME IS INCREASING

Cybercrime is on the rise, and while international and state governments have begun to crack down on most present and potential threats, these crimes aren’t going away anytime soon. 

UpGuard reports four of the top reasons for the recent uptick in cybercrime. They include: 

  • The distributed nature of the Internet
  • The ability for cybercriminals to attack targets outside their jurisdiction making policing extremely difficult
  • Increasing profitability and ease of commerce on the dark web
  • The proliferation of mobile devices and the Internet of Things

As information breaches continue to occur, they will cost people money, resources, and time. But, unfortunately, cybercriminals are every bit as qualified as the professionals hired to protect the public from theft. They are highly sophisticated, trained, evolving, and elusive to the public eye  — and with the inclusion of bot activity in cybercrime, the task of keeping criminals out of your stuff has only grown more challenging.  Continue reading “Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?”

Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and offer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.

As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”

Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She offered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please request information here!