One of the best, but ironically also the worst, things about our increasingly digital and connected world is the access to heaps of data. This is great for consumers, as they are able to make informed decisions and have access to all the information they need to be fully educated. On the flip side, it also means that retailers and sellers have access to an overwhelming amount of personal data. For example, when we talk to Alexa, we are giving companies an insight into our lives and preferences, which is extremely valuable data. Reduced privacy and the increasing spread of personal data is certainly one of the most visible and prominent risks, if not controlled properly, to consumers.
Cybersecurity is a highly talked about issue and, as such, has created a market and a demand for companies to provide businesses with security solutions to protect online assets and personal and private information. Ireland is a cybersecurity hub with Cork being one of several cybersecurity centres of excellence.
Some of the country’s top tier educational institutions are also centres of research and excellence in the field of cybersecurity, which include Queen’s University in Belfast and the new centre in Letterkenny.
Solid roots have been laid and ideal conditions have been cemented for the cybersecurity industry to develop and continue to grow. The country is home to some of the top global tech firms who evidently have some of the most valuable data in terms of quality and quantity.
Ward Solutions is Ireland’s largest infosec (information security) provider to chip and blue chip companies. Ward is developing a consulting business to help prepare organisations of varying sizes in the field of information security.
As the industry continues to grow and evolve, a number of jobs are becoming available and the field is a great area for those with an interest in computer science or technology in general.