To kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Saint Leo Chief Information Officer Steven Carroll shares some thoughts about cybersecurity and where a cybersecurity degree can lead.
When it comes to cyber risks, no individual, industry, organization or country is immune.
While a national power grid or global financial institution breach could be devastating, think about just your home computer and the amount of sensitive information you have stored on it – income tax files, investment information, and health records – and what it could mean to you, personally, if it were hacked.
The need for cybersecurity awareness and risk prevention on every level – personal and professional – has never been more critical.
To help meet the demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals, Saint Leo recently launched a master’s cybersecurity degree program and opened a new cybersecurity lab in the Donald R. Tapia School of Business on University Campus. This state-of-the-art center will be accessible to students around the world for conducting cybersecurity-related simulations when the graduate degree program is available online beginning in March 2015.
Cybersecurity: A Shared Responsibility
The responsibility for cybersecurity, however, belongs not just to information security professionals, but to everyone who uses the Internet.
That’s why the theme for this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is Our Shared Responsibility. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance every October since 2004, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a collaborative effort by government and industry to help ensure Americans stay safer and more secure online. (Saint Leo University is a 2014 NCSAM Champion.)
At Saint Leo University, the responsibility for cybersecurity is also shared among all members of the university community – students, faculty and staff.
The job of securing networks and devices university-wide, however, resides with University Technology Services and, ultimately, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steven Carroll.
To kick off National Cybersecurity Month, Carroll shares his thoughts about cybersecurity and the cybersecurity career field.
If you’d like to listen to a specific response in the video, one of these links will take you right to it.
- What is cybersecurity?
- Who is responsible for cybersecurity?
- Who are these cyber attackers?
- What keeps a cybersecurity expert up at night?
- Is it possible to create a secure cyberspace?
- What are some of the rising areas of vulnerability?
- How do we protect ourselves from threats that we don’t even know exist?
- Where are cybersecurity specialist needed most?
- What skills should a cybersecurity professional have?
- Are there soft skills a cybersecurity specialist should have?
- What are some of the options for career advancement?
- What makes Saint Leo’s program good preparation for a career in cybersecurity?
Learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Visit StaySafeOnline.org.
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