The Internet wants you: careers in cyber security

Published January 26, 2018

by Benjamin Blanchet

There are people working behind the scenes in every aspect of cyber security, helping keep you and your devices safe. Could you be one of them?

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Benjamin Blanchet (UB student, Class of 2018) is an English major with an interest in journalism. After graduating from UB, he hopes to attend grad school and pursue a career writing about music and the arts. An Albany, NY native, Benjamin enjoys biking and reading in his spare time.

There are plenty of available jobs in cyber security. Dr. Catherine J. Ullman, Senior Information Security Analyst at UB, said the field is open to everyone—the only difficulty is finding the right experience.

“If you get the right background, education, and you’re the sort of person who is tenacious, enjoys a challenge and doesn’t give up – it’s a great career,” Dr. Ullman said.

Cyber security careers by the numbers

Cyber security is a growing field. The market is currently worth nearly $138 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow, according to data from Markets and Markets.

The uptick in demand is matched by the availability of positions, such as Information Security Analysts and Cyber Security Engineers. Positions can be found in a variety of places, too—including occasional postings here at UB.

UBIT regularly posts positions for UB students looking for paid experience working in all aspects of IT. You can also discover full-time positions on UB Career Services’ Bullseye, which features positions for field technicians, IT specialists and more.

Rewarding beyond a paycheck

Dr. Ullman says one of the benefits of pursuing a career in IT and cyber security is the different scholarships, some here at UB, through which the federal government will fund your education.

It’s an always changing field, and great for those that get bored easily. “There is always new stuff to learn and there are always new ways of doing things,” Ullman said.

To learn more practical ways to keep you and your data safe, visit buffalo.edu/ubit/safe.