Author: Alex Bennett

Alex is a technical writer for Firebrand Training. Working at the forefront of the IT training industry, Alex uses his insider knowledge to write regularly on IT security, networking and cloud technology.

Cybercrime has never been so common and it’s now easier than ever for criminals to launch attacks. As a result of easy-to-use hacking tools, novices without programming experience can perform potentially devastating hacks. In response to the growing demand for cybersecurity and to protect against increasingly complex attacks, security skills are in high demand. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity professionals earn an average salary of $116,000—nearly three times the national average. In response to the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape, professionals must keep their skills sharp. These are 5 skills that cybersecurity professionals should consider investing…

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In the past year, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have overwhelmed some of the largest websites, forcing Reddit, Twitter, and Netflix offline. DDoS attacks, which ambush businesses with huge amounts of traffic, slow websites to a crawl and force crucial services offline. Half of DDoS attacks last between 6-24 hours, causing an estimated $40,000 per hour, according to data from DDoS prevention firm Incapsula. The number of DDoS attacks is increasing by 125 percent year-on-year with a 35 percent jump in attack duration, according to a 2016 report from content delivery network company, Akamai. DDoS attacks target businesses of…

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A lack of qualified security professionals is putting businesses at risk of increasingly complex and dangerous cyber threats. “Every year the number of threats and the sophistication of those threats escalate,” says Alice Hill, Managing Director at Dice.com. “It’s a battle that will only continue to increase, making cyber security positions a priority within organizations.” As threats evolve, the skills gap continues to widen. According to Intel’s ‘Hacking the Skills Shortage’ report, there will be 1-2 million unfilled cyber security jobs worldwide by 2020. Clearly, cyber security skills are in huge demand, but as technology changes, what domains should security…

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