On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the “Know How for a New Tomorrow” summit took place at Cisco Systems in Lawrenceville. Organized by DeVry University, the event featured discussion about the importance of cyber security in today’s world, as well as the growing demand for professionals in the field of cyber security. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 edition, the field of cyber security will grow 28 percent by 2020.
DeVry University students, alumni and the general public were invited to network and learn about the dangers cybercrime poses to today’s businesses and governments. The event was kicked off with a presentation on how national, business and personal interests are affected by cyber security, as well as a look at job growth and insights into the career field. A panel discussion followed, including a Q&A session with Mary Hester, chief executive officer of LAN Systems, and Michael G. Solomon, president of Solomon Consulting, Inc., among other leaders in the field. Attendees heard about the importance of cyber security while gaining valuable career advice from the distinguished panelists.
Solomon opined, “My career advice would be to expand your skills laterally, and think about things people may do against your network.” He added, “Outside attacks and the vulnerability of a given network are equally troubling.”
The event also served as a reminder of the growing skills gap in the United States. There is a wealth of job opportunities that exist for those with the right training and know how, but students cannot enter this growing workforce without the appropriate education to fill these job needs.
The summit concluded with a networking session for all in attendance.