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The rise of cybersecurity

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who only think about themselves and those who think about others as well. It is not wrong to say that most of the criminal world (or all of it) is made up of people from the former category. Criminality is not a surprising thing for humans. Every human society has seen outlaws and troublemakers who have defied moral code and used their tools to harm others for purely selfish gains. With time, however, the nature and mediums of criminality have evolved greatly. For example, thieves can now steal someone’s intellectual property without even leaving their homes, or they can break into a bank’s system from a location miles away from the actual premises. Surely, you can list more such examples that go on to describe criminal activities in the 21st century or as it is called, the age of the Internet.

That’s enough about criminality, though. Let’s talk about the antidote to theft, i.e. security. Security, too, has changed and evolved with time and technological progress. Most of the time, security follows the path taken by the criminals themselves, in order to find them and stop them in their tracks. Over the past few years, the world has witnessed the rise of a new kind of security that wasn’t very popular before: cybersecurity. Cybersecurity, or information security, is the act of protecting the cyber space that comprises of computers, servers, mobiles, electronic devices, data and so on. We see many individuals today opting for network defense training or enrolling themselves in an ethical hackingcourse right after college in order to become cybersecurity specialists, working day and night to make the digital world a safer place for everyone. However, it’s not like this is a completely new field that has sprung out of thin air all of a sudden. Cybersecurity has always co-existed in our world with internet technology and goes as far back as the technology itself. In fact, the very first cyber security attempt was made in the 1970s to catch and delete a cyber creeper.

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The rise of cybersecurity can be explained by stating the simple truth that the more the internet grows, the more security we will ultimately need. Every year, the number of hackers and cyber attacks increase in number and this is all because of the rising amount of data and services connected to the internet. The more there is to gain for the hackers, the more there is for us to protect. The cybersecurity revolution has become a huge industry worth billions of dollars, predicted to reach around $90 billion dollars by the next two years. Professionals like CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) experts are in insane demand all over the world. But the supply of such skilled talent is so acutely short that the skill gap in the cybersecurity industry has given rise to serious concerns. It’s evident that our data is becoming more detailed, more personal and more valuable than before and someone with just about enough motivation could easily weaponise it to inflict harm upon innocent users, a story that is not new to our generation. From our space agencies to our nuclear plants, from our health records to our home assistants, everything that makes use of cyber technology is at risk until strong cybersecurity measures are put in place.

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Clearly, there is more than enough evidence to say that cybersecurity is only going to continue its rising momentum and will most definitely, become one of the most demanded and crucial aspects of our lives in the future.