ong gone are the days when online criminals were forced to resort to mere phishing scams to take advantage of their unwitting victims. As the recent data breach experienced by national retailer Target highlights, today’s cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods, necessitating a new generation of information security experts to safeguard the public’s data. USA Today reports that students earning bachelor’s degrees in computer security across the country are facing these challenges with vigor, and could be the nation’s best hope of a secure and safe digital future.
The First Line of Defense
Although many colleges and universities offer information security degree programs, the speed with which technology advances poses a significant challenge to these institutions, as syllabi can become outdated very quickly. However, some schools are taking a proactive approach to teaching students skills in cryptoanalysis, compromising biometric security systems and other techniques that pose a threat to the security of the nation’s data.