Cybersecurity expertise is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s IT landscape, and those with security proficiency have some of the most promising career options in all of tech. In the past year alone we’ve seen major data breaches in the servers of Verizon, Deep Root Analytics, Kmart (US), DocuSign and the Intercontinental Hotel Group among many others. And most recently, we saw the biggest hack of them all – the compromise of the US credit agency Equifax, which led to the theft of the financial information of up to 143 million people.
The growth and increased sophistication of these attacks has led to an explosion of demand for cyber security professionals. In 2016, the global cyber security industry was estimated to be worth $106 billion. By 2023, that’s expected to explode to around $639 billion according to research firm IT-Harvest.