We live in the digital world where almost every bit of information is stored online for easy access, but that also increases the chances of all that information falling into the wrong hands.
Just imagine what could happen if confidential information is compromised. The consequences could be devastating. Banking information, building passwords, business documents, government information, the list is endless of information hackers can access without the right security in place.
Thing is, anyone who uses a computer connected to the internet is vulnerable to threats of internet hackers and personal information being shared with third parties.
A good case in point, is an incident that occurred at Telecom Namibia, the national telecommunications operator. Earlier this year, due to a network security breach, scores of Namibian companies incurred major losses of millions of Namibian dollars due to PABX fraud through hacking.
PABX fraud, now known as ‘Phreaking,’ is when hackers fraudulently access a company’s PABX system and use it to make expensive long distance calls. Telecom Namibia had to resort to temporarily blocking calls from the country to about 17 countries for days. One can not even imagine how far-reaching the consequences of this were.
Another well known example is the story of the American web services provider, Yahoo. Remember we all know it to be one of the pioneers of the early Internet era in the 1990’s?
Well, in late 2016 the Internet service company reported two major data breaches of user account data from hackers. Specific details of material taken included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted or un-encrypted security questions and answers, dates of birth, and the like.
Over a billion user accounts were affected by this and quite obviously recovering from such a blow is a mammoth task.
There are many other examples of cyber breaches which is why companies are always searching for cyber-security experts to have in their team, to protect their business, their clients or customers, and their data from growing cyber-security threats.
Network Security and Computer forensic experts are now utilized in mainstream industries such as health care, finance and retail, and many more; which has made the demand for specialists in the field high.
With a degree in this field, you will be invaluable to any organisation that uses digital services, which is literally almost all businesses these days!
An interesting fact is that a job posting in Network Security and Computer Forensic gets you picked up faster than for other job postings in the IT (Information Technology) industry. Also, you earn more than your IT counterparts. Who doesn’t want that!
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