2:37 pm June 13, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Having a hard time finding a job? Maybe a career outsmarting hackers is for you?
There is such a dire shortage of computer security experts, estimates range from the “20,000s 40,000s,” that both corporations and government agencies are fretting over the ability to keep networks safe from hackers in the years ahead, according to a Reuters report.
Just last week, LinkedIn, the global online network for professionals, confirmed that 6.4 million member passwords were stolen, and a Russian hacker is suspected of being behind the breach. EHarmony, the online dating service, and Last.fm, a music site, also warned they may have been the target of hackers.
At a Reuters Media and Technology Summit in New York this week, experts issued a red alert for more college and government programs to train security professionals.
“We don’t have enough security professionals and that’s a big issue,” Symantec Corp Chief Executive Enrique Salem told the group, according to the Reuters report. “What I would tell you is it’s going to be a bigger issue from a national security perspective than people realize.”
Hacking expert Jeff Moss, a chief security officer for ICAAN who holds hacking conferences in Las Vegas each summer, said government agencies are trying to lure security experts from private firms out of desperation.
“None of the projections look positive,” Moss of the number of security experts needed. “The numbers I’ve seen look like shortages in the 20,000s to 40,000s for years to come.”
This week Northrop Grumman Corp., a defense contractor, launched an undergraduate honors program in cyber security at the University of Maryland. The National Security Agency is also setting up programs at select universities, according to Reuters. Agencies are also attending hacking conference to lure recruits.
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