In the early years of cyberattacks, organizations would wait to be attacked before they developed a comprehensive plan and reaction to the attacker. The attack would render the organizations’ network presence useless and down for days. Several reasons cyberattacks could severely cripple a network in the early days of the malicious behavior are not enough concentrated research on defending and preventing and having less a coordinated effort between private industry and the federal government.

Since the first well known and endemic cyberattack in the mid-1990’s, many professionals in public areas and private organizations have diligently been studying and working on the issue of cyberattacks. Initially security companies like Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, etc. approached the issue from a reactive posture. They knew hackers/malicious attackers were likely to strike. The goal of what’s now called Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) was to detect a malicious attacker before an anti-virus, Trojan horse, or worm was used to strike. If the attacker was able to strike the network, security professionals would dissect the code. After the code was dissected, a reply or “fix” was put on the infected machine(s). The “fix” is now called a signature and they are consistently downloaded on the network as weekly updates to guard against known attacks. Although IDS is a wait and see posture, security professionals have gotten a lot more sophisticated in their approach also it continues to evolve as part of the arsenal.

Security professionals began looking at the problem from a preventive angle. This moved the cybersecurity industry from defensive to offensive mode. They were now troubleshooting preventing an attack on a system or network. Predicated on this type of thinking, an Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) called Snort (2010) was soon introduced. Snort is really a combination IDS and IPS open source software designed for FREE download. Using IDS/IPS software like Snort allows security professionals to be proactive in the cybersecurity arena. Though IPS allows security professionals to play offense along with defense, they don’t rest on the laurels nor do they stop monitoring the task of malicious attackers which fuels creativity, imagination, and innovation. It also allows security professionals that defend the cyberworld to stay equal or one step before attackers.

Cybersecurity also plays an offensive and defensive role in the economy. In its cybersecurity commercial, The University of Maryland University College (2012) states you will see “fifty-thousand jobs obtainable in cybersecurity over the next ten years.” The school has been running this commercial for more than two years. Once the commercial first began running they quoted thirty-thousand jobs. They have obviously adjusted the forecast higher based on studies along with the government and private industry identifying cybersecurity as a critical have to defend critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity can play economic defense by protecting these jobs which deal with national security concerns and must remain the in america. The cybersecurity industry is driven by national security in the federal government realm and intellectual property (IP) in the private industry space. Many U.S. companies complain to the federal government about foreign countries hi-jacking their software ideas and inventions through state sponsored and organized crime hackers. Given that foreign countries condone state sponsored national security and intellectual property attacks, it would be to the benefit of companies to get human capital within the shores of the United States to execute the duties and tasks needed.

cybersécurité montpellier On the offensive side, Cybersecurity can spur development and raise the skill sets of residents in counties like Prince George’s County, Maryland which sits in the epicenter of Cybersecurity for the state of Maryland and the nation. Prince George’s Community College may be the home of Cyberwatch and the central hub for cybersecurity training and best practices that gets pushed out to other community colleges which are part of the consortium. The purpose of these community colleges is to align the education wanted to students with skills that companies say are needed to be “workforce ready.” Additionally it is a rich recruiting ground for tech companies in the united states to recognize and hire human capital to put up the front lines of the U.S. fight in cybersecurity. As Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski (2012) says, the students are trained to be “cyberwarriors” and in turn workforce ready.