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Tuesday, April 2 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Cybersecurity Trends and How to Prepare for Them

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Cybersecurity trends are multifaceted. From a skills gap perspective, there are currently 313,735 vacancies in the United States in both the public and private sectors. Some sources indicate a shortage of 2.5 million cybersecurity employees globally. From a consumer perspective, IoT (Internet of Things) devices will be the greatest concern in the future. Manufacturers want to make money and sell products. Often, security is not taken into consideration as the product is being designed, leaving software and hardware vulnerable to attack. Google is working on a new protocol for IoT. More daunting is the critical infrastructure for the Nation. Attackers have tried to compromise utility providers to gain access to our power grid and other utilities. Compromise of public utilities could be catastrophic if it leads to a major outage.

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Gary Sparks

Program Director and Faculty, Metropolitan Community College
Gary Sparks is Program Director of the Metropolitan Community College Cybersecurity Center and, a full-time faculty member. With a total of 36 years experience in law enforcement, security, network operations and data center management with the United States Air Force. He is an adjunct... Read More →

Tuesday April 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
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