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How To Land A Cybersecurity Job Even If You’re Not A Data Scientist

01.05.18 THE FUTURE OF WORK As data hacks multiply, companies are scrambling to hire cybersecurity professionals–like you, even if you aren’t one yet. [Photo: scyther5/iStock] BY MICHAEL LI AND NICK CULBERTSON4 MINUTE READ The cybersecurity skills gap is large, well-documented, and quite possibly yawning wider by the week. Not only has the information security industry grown an estimated 62% since 2011, but we’ve seen an increasing deluge of major data breaches over that same period. In past year alone, devastating hacks at Equifax, Uber, and the NSA have brought to light how much work still needs to be done to keep the world’s data secure. And the cybersecurity company Symantec predicts that 2018 will...

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The False Promises of Worker Retraining

Despite assurances from policymakers that retraining is the key to success, such programs have consistently failed to equip workers with the preparation they need to secure jobs. hen Travis Busch graduated from high school in Jefferson, Iowa, in 1999, he followed many of his classmates on the well-plotted and well-trod path to college. Busch took classes at Iowa Central Community College during the day and worked part-time at night on the floor of a local factory that made stock tanks for horse and cattle farms. But after a year and a half in college, he dropped out to work...

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For-Profit College Students Are Defaulting on Their Loans at an Alarming Rate

By KAITLIN MULHERE January 12, 2018 New research on student borrowing has just added more evidence that for-profit colleges load up students with debt that they’re then unable to pay back. Over half (52%) of borrowers who attended a for-profit college in 2003 defaulted on their student loans after 12 years, compared with 26% of borrowers at two-year community colleges, according to a new Brookings Institution report published Thursday. Yet the discrepancy is actually even worse than that number suggests, finds Judith Scott-Clayton, the report’s author. That’s because for-profit colleges are more expensive than community colleges, and students at for-profit schools borrow...

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Nontraditional pathways to a cybersecurity career

Interested in an infosec career, but not sure you have the right background? How these high-profile cybersecurity professionals got started might surprise you. Surely you’ve seen the tantalizing headlines: Forbes: The Fast-Growing Job With A Huge Skills Gap: Cyber Security CSO: Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage Harvard Business Review: Cybersecurity Has a Serious Talent Shortage And the list goes on and on. So do the frantic cries for help in these days of crippling, Equifax-size breaches and businesses getting caught like flies in the spider web of ransomware: “Unprecedented shortage of cybersecurity workers!” “Global shortage of 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2019!” “Fewer...

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Nevada CyberSecurity Graduates for Hire

We are pleased to announce Nevada CyberSecurity Graduates Transmosis helps underserved populations transform their lives by enabling the highly ambitious to access State and Federal training dollars.  In doing so we run the Nation’s first Cybersecurity Training Programs for the State of California and grants from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science and Information Technology (OSIT). Our first group of candidates have been screened, trained, and are hitting the market, many with deep IT experience and industry leading certifications.          Sampling of positions they are qualified for SOC Analyst Cybersecurity Specialist/Analyst SIEM Analysts and Engineer Cyber Threat Analyst Cyber Threat Hunter Cyber Defense...

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How A Former VC Wants To Disrupt American Education

    For more than two decades Ted Dintersmith was a successful venture capitalist at Charles River Ventures, based in Cambridge, Mass. He remains a Partner Emeritus at the firm, but these days Dintersmith has turned his energies to K-12 and higher education. He claims that education in the U.S. has fallen badly behind, stuck in a 125-year-old framework that no longer meets the needs of students or employers. In 2015 Dintersmith produced a documentary on education’s broken state, Most Likely To Succeed. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is available here: www.mltsfilm.org Q: You were...

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Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology are Game Changers for Cybersecurity Job Growth

      New research shows that millennials/post-millennials are more likely to embrace a cybersecurity career with rich interfaces and VA/AR technologies. The Immersive Technologies and the Future of Cybersecurity from ProtectWise revealed that nearly three quarters of respondents (74%) say the presence of VR tools increase their likelihood of pursuing cybersecurity careers. With 1% of employed respondents working in cybersecurity and only 9% of all respondents showing an interest in pursuing a career in the field, the research uncovered that a lack of awareness and perceived high barriers to entry have led younger generations away from jobs in...

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Google Spent Years Studying Effective Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things

    The transition from individual contributor to manager is not an easy one. In many cases, the skills that got you the promotion will not be the same ones that make you effective as a manager. Luckily, we have organizations like Google that have spent years researching this transition, to help us demystify the secrets to new managers’ success. Using Project Oxygen, an internal study that analyzed more than 10,000 manager impressions including performance reviews, surveys, and nominations for top-manager awards and recognition, Google identified eight habits of highly effective managers. Google also designed a management training workshop...

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Colleges Urged to Ramp Up to Fill Cybersecurity Workforce Void

      WASHINGTON — The United States will remain vulnerable to cyberattacks unless the nation’s education system is better aligned to produce greater numbers of cybersecurity professionals, a leading industry expert testified Tuesday at a Congressional hearing. “Simply put, cybersecurity professionals are not produced by the education system in the United States in the quantities or the correct soft skills that are needed,” said David Jarvis, chief information officer at the IBM Institute for Business Value. “The education system is not aligned to produce a workforce that can defend us from today’s cybersecurity threats,” Jarvis said. Rep. Brett...

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The Unfortunate Reason Why Job Search in a Good Economy Is 2x Harder Than in a Bad One

    Finding a job can take longer and be more competitive in times of lower unemployment. The unemployment rate was announced today at 4.2 percent, that’s a 16-year low. Studies show this should create some concern since historically, when unemployment stays under 5 percent for an extended period of time, a recession is not far behind. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case because it was also announced over 60 percent of Americans feel good about the economy and their personal economic situation. When the applicant rate increases, your chances decrease. When unemployment rates are low and...

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