By Justin Medeiros

In September 2017 alone, 105,000 new IT jobs were created in the United States. This represents a significant level of growth and an opportunity for employees within the IT industry. Many of these jobs were in cyber security. Here are some of the reasons why there's such a recent demand for cyber security professionals.

Increased Risk

Companies are finding themselves operating in a riskier environment as they migrate more of their operations to cloud-based technology platforms. Combined with the prevalence of online scams and penetration attempts, this increases the overall level of risk involved in business operations. To combat this risk, companies need to hire cyber security professionals with the experience of implementing comprehensive security plans that can protect company assets and keep information secure.

High-Profile Cyber Security Incidents

In the past few years, many large organizations have faced negative publicity surrounding data breaches and other cyber security attacks. This includes companies such as Target and Equifax, as well as the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 United States presidential election. The growing brazenness and frequency of high-profile cyber-attacks has put many organizations on guard.

Need for Advanced Expertise

Combined with the above security threats, companies are finding themselves storing larger volumes of more confidential information than in the past in order take advantage of the its benefits. As a result, many companies recognize that their existing IT staff either doesn't have the necessary cyber security knowledge or isn't large enough to protect the company.

Companies are looking to hire professionals with experience in cyber security response, auditing, compliance, intrusion detection and intelligence to beef up their teams.

While many companies know that they need to hire competent professionals to shore up their IT security, job seekers should take initiative. Job seekers can consult with an agency, such as Micro Tech Staffing Group, which has over 30 years of experience connecting candidates with opportunities in the technology sector.

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