Cyber Security Essay

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Information Technology and Cyber Security Tracy Gilson Kaplan University Rough Draft Information Technology and Cyber Security A career field that I would suggest people to get in to would be Information Technology, especially since computers and the internet are such a big part in our lives every day. One thing that I think is important in this field is the knowledge and skill in cyber security, the reason I say this is because a virus could attack your computer, someone could disable your websites, a hacker could get into your database and steal your identity and/or personal information, someone could manipulate or destroy important data, someone could use your computer to attack other systems or you could have a network outage, these things could either be just an inconvenience or even life threatening. . “Cyber security, also referred to as information technology security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.”( National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, Department of Homeland Security). Cyber Security is important for the simple fact that most businesses, as well as individuals, process and store a great deal of important and personal information on computers and eventually transmit it over the internet to other computers so ongoing attention is required in order to protect all that personal and business information. I read that the average computer that is unprotected and connected to the Internet can be compromised in less than a minute, and an infected or compromised computer connected to other computers that are unprotected can easily and quickly pass that infection, or function as a “backdoor” to... ... middle of paper ... ...ns for cyber security with all the security threats that are out there but it all comes down to protecting your data/personal information on your computer, which is what is important. Since so many things could go wrong and there are so many cyber criminals out there I think everybody should have skill and knowledge in cyber security so that way if someone does try to steal your identity or tries to shut down your computer you will have the skills to know what to do to protect yourself. Reference http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ocs/local-government/documents/Backing-Up-Information-Guide-2012.pdf http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ocs/local-government/documents/Getting-Started-Guide-2012.pdf http://www.dia.govt.nz/Identity---How-does-identity-theft-happen http://www.utexas.edu/its/secure/articles/identity_theft.php http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cybersecurity

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