Sector and Career
The Cybersecurity Sector
What is cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity has emerged as a critical domain of global competition that reaches across the social, economic, political and military realms of influence.
National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Directive 23 (NSPD-54/HSPD-23) defines cyberspace as the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, and includes the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers in critical industries. Common usage of the term also refers to the virtual environment of information and interactions between people.
This infusion of the Internet and its related networked technologies into nearly every aspect of society, business, and government presents a target of opportunity for adversaries. As a result, it is not surprising to see nations and assorted international organizations developing new operational doctrines, advanced cyberwarfare capabilities, and the necessary domain-focused human capital needed to achieve or maintain their interests in cyberspace.
Meeting these challenges successfully requires developing qualified professionals who understand this environment and the risks (or opportunities) therein. UMBC stands ready to help build this next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
The demand for professionals with cybersecurity expertise is strong and growing. Cybersecurity is critical to maintaining our national infrastructure—including the banking system, the stock market, the power grid, and military operations. The need for cyber-literate professionals is complex and crosses many fields. From engineers and computer scientists to information technology professionals and federal managers, qualified professionals are needed to manage cybersecurity operations, as well as to do the hands-on work.
As of October 2012, cybersecurity industry analysts expected the market to grow more than 50 percent in the next four years, a Baltimore Sun article reports.
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