Cybersecurity Pros in Demand To Combat Data Breaches

Businesses as well as government agencies are increasing their focus on cybersecurity, including hiring more professionals to deal specifically with cyberattacks and the havoc they wreak.

The increased focus comes as businesses struggle to protect customer data and also to respond quickly to breaches when they occur. As the costs associated with data leaks continue to rise, large organizations are finding it more cost effective to hire seasoned IT experts -- including some who earn more than $500,000 a year -- to batten down the hatches and be prepared if and when there's an attack.

In fact, for some organizations, the costs of being well prepared are proving to be much less than the costs associated with cleaning up after a large-scale data breach.

Hiring Frenzy

One potential solution to help combat cybercrime is for organizations to build internal teams that work solely on protecting customer data from hackers. Companies like JPMorgan and PepsiCo, as well as USAA (United Services Automobile Association), are taking the threat seriously, hiring chief information security officers (CISOs) and paying big money to protect them from cyberattacks. As more companies follow suit, the position is being given an even greater level of importance.

By hiring a CISO who reports directly to the CEO, businesses can ensure a C-suite emphasis on data and network security. These top-level hires may be part of the solution, but more comprehensive cybersecurity teams and software are generally also needed to provide sufficient protection.

Government agencies like the FBI face similar challenges. Cybercrime has become such a major issue for the FBI that it is in the process of hiring an additional 2,000 cybercrime experts.

Hard To Detect

Part of the problem is that even the best cybersecurity software on the market cannot protect businesses against these attacks. This means that in addition to hiring cybersecurity gurus, companies must...

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