Morning Security Brief: Cybersecurity Job Market, Homeland Security Funding, Plane Spotters Help FBI, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

The cybersecurity job market is booming. The U.S. Department of Labor says that analysts earn median pay of about $75,000 a year and more than 65,000 new jobs will be created by 2020. This is causing colleges and universities to sit up and take notice--many have or are creating academic programs to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity. For example, USA Today highlights the University of Cincinnati, which will offer a certificate in cybersecurity that will include courses on political science, criminal justice, and information technology.

►The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, "For the first year, the Las Vegas metropolitan area was dropped from a federal program that provides urban areas with funding from the Department of Homeland Security. This year alone, the region received about $1.6 million. In recent years, that program poured millions of dollars into the region’s homeland security efforts, including the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, where possible threats and intelligence are analyzed." Although Las Vegas has been dropped from urban area funding, it is still able to compete for funding with other Nevada applicants. The results of that competition will be known in August or September. In 2013, Las Vegas received about $1.6 million in funding.

►At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, dedicated plane spotters are assisting the FBI, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, and airport policing authorities. "One hundred sixty-two of these citizen sentinels volunteered about 5,000 total hours last year helping to guard O'Hare, one of the busiest airports on the planet. Under police supervision, they undergo background checks and special training. But instead of Glocks or Smith & Wessons, these guys prefer to strap on Canons or Nikons," says CNN. "They're trained to look for suspicious activity and how to report it immediately to police."

Helpnet Security reports that, worldwide, "security software revenue totaled $19.2 billion in 2012, a 7.9 percent increase from 2011 revenue of $17.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that the evolution of new threats and working practices, such as BYOD, is driving spending on security."




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