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WHY IT IS CONVENIENT TO WORK IN CYBER SECURITY

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WHY IT IS CONVENIENT TO WORK IN CYBER SECURITY

Cyber ​​attacks are always on the rise, and both the monthly frequency and the criticality are growing because cyber criminals are increasingly determined and precise in their operations.

The victims are the most disparate and no sector is now protected from cybercrime which uses different techniques to pursue the result by penetrating the targeted systems, obtaining data, information or infiltrating malicious software.

On the other hand, digital is increasingly widespread and we all rely every day on computers and smartphones (spoiler: smartphone is a computer!). This exposes us more and more to Cyber ​​risks and threats.

At this point Cybercrime is the main motivation of cyber attacks and more valuable than drugs market. If Cybercrime were a country, it would be the third largest economy in the world after the US and China.

In 2021 Cybercrime causes $6 trillion in damage globally and this figure is expected to increase.

It is therefore a priority to be aware of the situation around us, as well as to stay updated on Cyber ​​Security issues, whose purpose is in fact to protect assets, not only data or IT systems, but everything that has value and is important for companies and people.

In the case of pacemakers connected to the internet or electric cars, for example, we are also talking about human lives because every device connected to the network can potentially be violated.

So, if on the one hand, as we have seen, the value and importance of Cyber ​​Security are undeniable, on the other hand there is still a serious shortage of positions in this sector.

Globally, there are currently 3.5 million job vacancies in the IT security sector, 400,000 in Europe alone, 2 million in the Asia and Pacific regions.

The growth rate in this sector was 350% from 2013 to 2021, a figure never seen before.

And since 2011 the unemployment rate is 0%.

With these tempting premises, why are there no more Cyber ​​Security employees and young people find it hard to choose this course of study?

In part this certainly depends on the still erroneous perception of these functions.

Working in Cyber ​​Security is considered an exclusively technical occupation for which you need a special predisposition, or something reserved only for nerds. Nothing more wrong!

Technical activities are certainly needed, and in this case, the necessary hard skills can be learned.

Positions that are not necessarily technical are also needed to cover managerial, legal, marketing, sales and communication needs.

So, certainly technical skills are useful, but soft skills are equally fundamental: skills such as analytical and deductive reasoning, lateral thinking, predisposition to problem solving, attention to detail, the ability to work in a team and strong communication abilities are more important than you think.

Training it is also essential as well as a good (or better excellent) knowledge of English, curiosity and the desire to continue learning.

But it is above all by leaving your comfort zone that you grow more.

Good job!

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OCTOBER IS THE EUROPEAN CYBER SECURITY MONTH

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OCTOBER IS THE EUROPEAN CYBER SECURITY MONTH

ECSM (European Cyber Security Month) is an initiative coordinated by Enisa (European Union Agency for Information Security) and the European Commission, with the aim of promoting Cyber Security through events and initiatives to raise awareness.

The campaign takes place every year in October and is supported by EU Member States and hundreds of European partners.

Since its first edition in 2012, the European Cyber Security Month has promoted its activities by adopting the slogan “Information Security is a shared responsibility”.

The EU Cyber Security Agency coordinates the organization of the ECSM campaign each year by acting as a “hub” for all Member States, EU institutions and participating organizations.

The 2021 edition is strongly influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, which although it helped to spread the use of digital, on the other hand had put system security to a severe test.

The main objective is always to ensure that EU end users and organizations receive correct information about Cyber Security in order to understand risks and main threats.

#ThinkB4UClick (think before clicking) is therefore the main theme of this year’s campaign, in its 2 forms:

  • First aid, guidelines on what to do if you fall victim to a cyber attack
  • Be cyber-safe at home

Even this year the European Cyber Security Month will be supported in Italy by Clusit (Italian Association for Cyber Security) together with various organizations, universities and research centers.

 

You can find the list of initiatives promoted by the association for the ECSM2021 campaign in CLUSIT website.

As a member of the Clusit Scientific Committee, our CEO Sofia Scozzari is one of the Italian Partners for the ECSM2021 and she will participate with a series of events and initiatives.

To join the campaign, you can add an activity on the Cyber Security Month website or by sending it to Clusit.

You can also support the campaign online on Twitter or Facebook with references to @CyberSecMonth, #CyberSecMonth, #ThinkB4UClick

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3 REASONS WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD BACKUP SOLUTION

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3 REASONS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD BACKUP SOLUTION

Data backup is not only a necessary step for a good business management.

When ransomware are in fact the most present and worrying cyber threat, Backup represents a solution to deal with any scenario that could compromise data and IT systems functionality, ensuring operational continuity.

 

Let’s see the three reasons why it’s important to have a good backup solution – and keep it separate from the IT systems! -:

 

1) Technology is not unfailing

 

In recent years we have witnessed enormous changes in our relationship with technology, relying always more on electronic devices such as computers and smartphones, and less on paper.

The result is that our most important information is often contained only on devices which by their nature are subject to unpredictable failures and malfunctions.

Backups help manage fatalities without data loss.

 

2) Humans make mistakes

 

Although we try to aspire to perfection, the truth is that we are human and therefore sooner or later we will make mistakes.

Errors such as accidental deletion of data, loss of important devices, incorrect procedure, can permanently compromise data.

A data backup and recovery solution is essential in order to be able to correct any mistakes.

 

3) The unexpected is just around the corner

 

Malware, and in particular Ransomware, are the main cause of disruption at the moment. It is estimated that 1 in 10 computers are infected with malware every month, while in 2019 a business was victimized by Ransomware every 14 seconds.

Thefts, data breaches, losses, various malfunctions (accidental or not), are other problems now on the agenda and totally unpredictable.

Being caught unprepared can cause, in addition to the permanent loss of data, the increase of IT costs, the reduction of trust in the company, the compromise of the relationship with the customer, reputational problems.

 

Ensuring a good backup and recovery plan helps to manage the unexpected and to maintain business confidence from customers, employees and investors.

 

In this scenario, Hackmanac can help you by verifying that the chosen Backup process is valid and sufficiently functional (i.e., separated from the systems it safeguards, always updated and easily manageable), in order to ensure resilience in the event of attacks or accidents.

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