Cyber security has been a hot topic in both the media and the business world in the past year – primarily ignited by the WannaCry ransomware attack, which disrupted the NHS on a grand scale in May 2017. It raised some serious questions about IT security, not only for the UK’s health service, but also the 200,000 victims across 150 countries worldwide. It was the wake-up call which many organisations have needed for some time.
The software used in the cyberattack was reportedly ‘relatively unsophisticated’ yet still succeeded in downing the entire NHS network, hitting patients in 81 health trusts and almost 600 GP surgeries. It was later revealed that basic security measures hadn’t been followed for downloading security patches, coupled with the fact the health service was using an outdated version of Windows.
It was only thanks to the quick thinking of an amateur hacker, triggering a crucial fix from his bedroom, which stopped the devastating spread of the virus. He is now, understandably, assisting the government’s National Cyber Security taskforce.
Within the last decade or so, skills such as programming, coding, cyber security – and what is essentially legal and ethical ‘hacking’ have become a stand-out skillset on any CV – and this is only set to continue as the jobs of the future come to the fore.
Businesses are quickly coming to the realisation that their IT team does far more than manage email and CRM systems. Ultimately, network security is not just about maintaining hardware and software; it’s about protecting the physical assets of an organisation from outside forces, which could potentially be beyond their control.
What’s more, the growth, intelligence and sophistication of these ‘outside forces’ is only accelerating as technology advances – which means more and more businesses and organisations are struggling to keep pace.
Investing in the right security solutions – and the skillset of the workforce that delivers them through comprehensive training – is the key to protecting businesses from both current and future threats to cyber security. It is only this change and investment that will enable firms to truly get ahead of hackers today.
e-Careers has partnered with the EC Council to offer a full suite of online certifications in cyber security. For more information, visit our cyber security course pages or contact one of our Training Experts today on 0203 198 7700.