The Importance of Investing in Cybersecurity Training for Engineers

By Jessica Mitsch ● March 12, 2021
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When the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic hit, many busi­ness­es were forced to take most or all of their oper­a­tions online, leav­ing them more vul­ner­a­ble to cyber-attacks than ever before.

Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty train­ing for engi­neers will be cru­cial for com­pa­nies in pro­tect­ing against threats while min­i­miz­ing the cost of invest­ment in cyber­se­cu­ri­ty tech­nolo­gies. Not only will this train­ing har­ness the poten­tial of inter­nal IT tal­ents but will also make your com­pa­ny a safer place to work for everyone.

Why do engi­neers need cyber­se­cu­ri­ty training?

The preva­lence of war­fare and espi­onage in the dig­i­tal are­na is increas­ing as a more tech­no­log­i­cal­ly ori­ent­ed soci­ety takes root. The sys­tems of the inter­net and com­put­er soft­ware that engi­neers have built have been chang­ing at a fast rate, and it is key that the peo­ple respon­si­ble for main­tain­ing this infra­struc­ture are edu­cat­ed in poten­tial threats. Attacks are no longer only threat­en­ing to the computer’s soft­ware but are now tar­get­ing the hard­ware as well. With more sys­tems being con­nect­ed through key infra­struc­ture com­po­nents, hack­ers have wider access to gain­ing con­trol of the devices. 

The occur­rence of cyber threats is increas­ing; in 2019, major com­pa­nies like Cap­i­tal One and T‑Mobile were tar­get­ed by hack­ers, who exposed the per­son­al infor­ma­tion and data from cus­tomers. Ran­somware also tar­get­ed more than 50 U.S. cities and soft­ware prod­uct sup­ply chains. Data is a pow­er­ful tool in unlock­ing capa­bil­i­ties with­in a fir­m’s scope of oper­a­tion; a com­pro­mised data­base threat­ens mil­lions of peo­ple in the chain of inter­ac­tion with the com­pa­ny and its cus­tomers. These mal­ware attacks also have the poten­tial to harm gov­ern­ments and economies. Elec­tri­cal and com­put­er engi­neers have the abil­i­ty to com­bine their tech­ni­cal skills with cyber­se­cu­ri­ty knowl­edge to orches­trate tech­no­log­i­cal advances to pro­tect the spread and con­tain­ment of infor­ma­tion. In the process of learn­ing cyber secu­ri­ty best prac­tices, engi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion­als can also make progress in their own career development.

Why now, and why Momentum?

Last year, glob­al loss­es from cyber­crime hit near­ly $1 tril­lion as the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic pro­vid­ed new oppor­tu­ni­ties for hack­ers to tar­get vul­ner­a­ble con­sumers and busi­ness­es. Indi­vid­ual firms are los­ing upwards of $200,000 per inci­dent, dri­ving some small firms out of oper­a­tion. The future ben­e­fits of pro­tect­ing against these attacks out­weigh the upfront costs of imple­men­ta­tion and training. 

For small­er com­pa­nies look­ing to invest in pro­tec­tive mea­sures, cyber­se­cu­ri­ty train­ing for engi­neers may be the solu­tion to main­tain­ing con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion while keep­ing costs down. On aver­age, a cyber­se­cu­ri­ty soft­ware imple­men­ta­tion is very expen­sive; out­sourc­ing costs an aver­age 40-per­son orga­ni­za­tion with no on-site servers, this would cost around $48,000 per year. With Momen­tum, train­ing costs are min­i­mized while pro­vid­ing a holis­tic cod­ing train­ing expe­ri­ence, devel­op­ing well round­ed per­son­nel to han­dle any tech­no­log­i­cal issue that the com­pa­ny faces. While out­sourc­ing is expen­sive and will require more invest­ment with each new prob­lem, cyber­se­cu­ri­ty train­ing for engi­neers offers a more per­son­al­ized approach. Com­pa­nies can find what train­ings will best fit their needs and not have to look far­ther than their already estab­lished employ­ee base.

Momen­tum pro­vides flex­i­ble and cus­tom cyber­se­cu­ri­ty train­ing cur­ricu­lum that helps you achieve your busi­ness needs. Let us know what your team train­ing needs are today so we can help you set your busi­ness on a tra­jec­to­ry for future success.

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