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Ransomware: Kidnapping In Cyberspace

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 22, 2015 7:48:00 AM

Cybersecurity specialists develop a “very particular set of skills” to fight ransomware attacks. What can you do to prevent your data from becoming the victim in the next “Taken” film?

It’s a mainstay of Hollywood films and TV dramas. A genre unto itself.

Kidnapping. Extortion. Bad guys holding hostages for ransom.

Only thing is you can’t hire Liam Neeson to track the bad guys this time because it’s not an ex- CIA operative’s daughter who’s been taken.

It’s your personal or professional data – sensitive, irreplaceable files swiped right off your computer.

In its place is an anonymous note:

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Topics: Cybersecurity

CISSP: The One Cybersecurity Certification You Must Have

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 30, 2014 6:50:00 AM

What’s it really like to take the CISSP exam? Here’s the inside track from a Saint Leo professor who recently earned cybersecurity's hottest certification.

So you’re thinking about getting CISSP certified? Good move.

In addition to earning a master’s degree in cybersecurity, it’s one of the smartest things you can do for your career. (Saint Leo’s master’s degree program in cybersecurity is currently available on-ground at University Campus and will be available totally online in Spring 2015.)

According to a report from Burning Glass Technologies, over a two-year period between 2011 and 2013, the number of jobs requiring Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification jumped from 19,000 to 29,000.

In fact, CISSP was the most requested certification – by a long shot.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Careers in Cybersecurity: What Women Need To Know

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 23, 2014 7:40:00 AM

If you’re a woman interested in earning a cybersecurity master’s degree, your career opportunities are virtually limitless. Here are some tips for success.

Do you know what the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security and the information security risk manager at Facebook have in common?

Both are among the few women in top U.S. cybersecurity positions.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Ethical Hacking: Do You Have What It Takes?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 16, 2014 7:07:00 AM

Legal hackers possess high morals and intricate knowledge of computer systems.

Imagine a job where your singular focus is hacking into your employer’s network.

Imagine getting paid handsomely to do it.

Now more than ever, governments, private companies, health care organizations, intelligence agencies and financial institutions are turning to ethical hackers to assess vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure

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Topics: Cybersecurity

For The Best Cybersecurity Jobs, Don’t Overlook Certification

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 9, 2014 7:56:00 AM

Adding certifications to your online cybersecurity degree could put you at the top of the candidate pool.

When it comes to the information security field, there’s no denying job opportunities abound. But landing a top-notch cybersecurity position often requires more than experience and a college degree.

According to a 2014 Burning Glass report, 51 percent of all cybersecurity job postings request at least one security-related certification. That’s a steep jump compared with IT positions, where only 14 percent of postings request a certification of any kind.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Why Cybersecurity And A Cybersecurity Degree Matter [Video]

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 2, 2014 7:31:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Your Career In Cybersecurity

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 30, 2014 7:54:00 AM

What’s ahead for graduates with a master’s degree in cybersecurity? Check out Saint Leo’s new e-book.

“Thwart operations that incite violent attacks, advance crime, target national security, aid terrorism, and beyond."

Sounds like a job for Daniel Craig in Hollywood’s next sophisticated spy film, doesn't it?

Actually, it’s from the FBI’s cyber careers website.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

What Sets Saint Leo’s Cybersecurity Master's Degree Program Apart?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Here are five features that make Saint Leo’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity different and why they are important to your career success.

If you’re an information technology professional, recent statistics about cybercrime may not surprise you.

Last year, more than $400 billion was spent worldwide on cybersecurity breaches. Forty million Americans had personal information stolen. And 97 percent of small to mid-size businesses were hacked.*

As alarming as those statistics are, according to Saint Leo University’s Dr. Vyas Krishnan, there’s something even more disturbing: these cyber threats are only the tip of the iceberg.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

5 Reasons SLU's Cybersecurity Degree Is Right For You

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 1, 2014 9:33:00 AM

As the hiring frenzy for cybersecurity professionals continues, Saint Leo’s new master's degree in cybersecurity prepares students for these in-demand careers.

Target. P.F. Chang. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. Sally Beauty.

The list of companies that have fallen victim to data breaches involving customers’ credit and debit accounts grows every day.

Private businesses are not the lone victims of cybercrime. Governments, health care, finance, law enforcement and academia all need information security professionals who can protect their organizations' data assets.

“There is increasing demand for specialized security professionals to protect the computing resources, intellectual properties and security of our organizations and country,” says Dr. Vyas Krishnan, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems in Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

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