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The essential workers of information technology: Cybersecurity professionals

When you see someone using a new application, a website, or a new digital device for their homes, one of the first questions you tend to ask is this: “Is this safe?”. But rarely do we find ourselves wondering who are these people who make technologies, mobile applications, websites, smart home devices and other digital inventions safe and secure. Reading every day about people and companies suffering cyber attacks and data breaches, it seems like these ‘digital soldiers’ must have a tough job. And guess what, it is! It takes an arduous amount of hard and work and attention to find out the loopholes in seemingly harmless technologies. You may think that anyone with the knowledge of code can find bugs in the code of a software. But that’s neither enough nor true. These digital detectives have to undergo hours of training and practice, followed by gruelling tests to become prepared for the delicate and vital work they will be doing in our quickly evolving information age. There is ethical hacking course training for those who want to ‘hack to secure’ using offensive cyber security, and there is network security training for those who want to stand beside our digital parameters and protect them from intrusion. And just like that, there is a special training for every branch of cyber security.

Cyber security is not just about finding bugs in a code. It is about exhaustive safety of our unimaginably vast digital world. If you have ever heard of the dark web, you will know that the world is brimming with criminals who have adapted to digital means to carry out their sinister activities. Whether it is looting someone of their fortune by breaking into their digital bank account or it is holding someone on ransom asking them to pay up in bitcoins; whether it is breaching and exposing millions of confidential patient records and auctioning them on the dark web or it is hacking into people’s computers to use their devices for mining cryptocurrency; whether it is spying on a nation’s military by hacking into their systems, or it is finding a way to hijack private digital conversations, the criminal hackers always find a way to keep cyber security professionals on their toes. It will not be wrong to say that information security is an essential service in the field of Information Technology. Since IT and the digital revolution has transformed and shaped our world for the better, many of our essential structures like healthcare, defense, banking and communication are heavily reliant on digital technology. This is why cyber security specialists increased in demand during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification, or the CEH certification, as it is called popularly, has become one of the most demanded IT certifications in the world. 

If you still think that cyber security professionals are not as essential, think about how mich digital technology you use every day, how much your life will change if you stopped using the internet and its services. When you analyse that, you will realise that you cannot survive in the modern world without Information Technology. If you have money in your bank, you need cyber security professionals to protect it from hackers. If you use the phone to text and call, you need cyber security professionals to prevent sniffing. If you use the internet to watch movies, you need cyber security professionals to make the websites malware free. If you own a mobile phone, you need cyber security professionals to make sure that no one is peeping at you from the camera and stealing your privacy to blackmail you later. Now, sit back and think about how dear your privacy and safety is for you and your family.

ABHIYAN
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Abhiyan Chhetri is a cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Abhiyan is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.

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