The few, the proud, the next generation of white hat hackers. That’s right, Uncle Sam isn’t just interested in soldiers for combat, he’s looking for young people to hack for the US government. In 2010, 20,000 cybersecurity experts were needed in the United States, but only 1,000 were employed. The US Cyber Challenge is one of the places the government and private companies are looking for potential hackers. The Challenge hopes to rope in 10,000 young tech minds into ethical hacking.
Hackers may be wondering, what’s in it for them? To say Cybersecurity is a growing field, would be an understatement. Worldwide, spending on IT grew 5.9% from 2009 to 2010, totaling $2.7 trillion. Individually, entry level “ethical hackers” may earn as little as $50,000, but Certified Ethical Hackers earn up to $105,000 with experience.
In this infographic, homeland-security-degree.org explores the future of hacking in the pursuit of national security.
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