Cybersecurity: New threats require new skills

Cyberattacks continue to become increasingly complex and are now just as likely to target a large multinational company as they are a small organisation. In fact, criminals target smaller companies simply because their cybersecurity protocols tend to be less sophisticated.  

Yet even though cybersecurity is a huge threat to companies of every shape, size, and form - most don’t give it a second thought. Instead, they see it as a problem for big corporations to worry about or pass it off to the IT department to take care of.

But this is a very dangerous misconception.

"With cybersecurity, the question isn’t whether a breach will happen, it’s when - and how bad," says Roberto Prieto, Chief Education Officer at EIT Digital. "That’s why cybersecurity must be part of not only every IT discussion, but of every business discussion."

The EIT Digital Master School Cybersecurity programme is designed to give you the skills and confidence to drive these discussions.

"Careers in cybersecurity are simply exploding, and this course gives you the training and skills to unlock a range of opportunities - not to mention the confidence to help drive the transformation towards a safer, more secure digital world," notes Prieto.

According to him, addressing the ominous cybersecurity threat requires the use of both the latest technology and the right procedures to mitigate against human error - and this course covers both.

"You might think you have the latest security software and the most high-tech devices, but any security pro will be quick to tell you that the hackers are still at least two steps ahead," Roberto Prieto says. "Even if you do everything by the book, all too often, a security breach is the result of a simple mistake by an employee or outside vendor."  

EIT Digital Master School Cybersecurity programme has been designed for those students who already have a solid foundation in computing, information sciences, and technology. "This programme is an opportunity to acquire new, applicable knowledge in the field of cybersecurity," adds he. "In addition to subject-specific skills, we also provide essential soft skills, including puzzle-solving, leadership, communication, and business risk assessment - all of which are highly sought after in the cybersecurity job market."

According to Roberto Prieto, this job market includes such roles as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Information Security Architect, Security Engineer, Security Analyst, Security Auditor, Cyber Security consultant, Computer forensics expert, Privacy-by-design consultant, Researcher & Teacher, Ethical Hacker, and Digital Expert Police, among others.

Gain practical skills - not just classroom theory

EIT Digital’s Cybersecurity programme isn’t just classroom theory - it’s about providing practical skills that immediately benefit your career. "The first thing that struck me was how easy it is for cybercriminals to exploit even the smallest mistake," says Victor Schmit, a Cybersecurity programme student.

According to Victor, it is essential for cybersecurity professionals to remain rigorous in their work. "It has always been said that cybersecurity professionals need to be curious about the newly found vulnerabilities," he says. "Being rigorous in my research and my work has helped me solve so many problems."

Victor says he uses the skills he gained during his studies daily. "Whenever I encounter a new security challenge or am conducting a security assessment, I always leverage the skills and knowledge I gained during the Cybersecurity programme," he adds.

The programme also helped him secure his job. "Employers are interested not only in what you offer but in your ability to fit within the company’s processes,” explains Victor. "Because this course is spread across different universities, you benefit from gaining multiple perspectives, meaning you enter the workforce being more flexible to adapt to different - and often changing - company needs." 

To anyone considering studying cybersecurity, Victor strongly recommends the EIT Digital programme. "In addition to the practical skills, you also get to experience networking, travelling, and working with different cultures - all of which add up to an amazing experience," he says. 

Ready to build the skills needed to compete for the often high-paying jobs available in cybersecurity? Contact us today to learn more.

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