Cybersecurity Jobs: ProtectWise Taps Video Games, Virtual Reality To Make IT More Accessible
The following is an excerpt from AJ DELLINGER | June 5, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
There’s a common gripe among the tech-savvy about the way they are presented by Hollywood. It’s not uncommon for films and movies to create a futuristic-looking interface with holographic visuals that pop off the screen and virtual images that can be manipulated by hand.
Those high-tech fabrications exist to hide the dirty secret of the tech community: While what they do may be exhilarating, it often looks incredibly boring — more akin to a spreadsheet than Tony Stark’s lab. And that matters, because while companies are increasingly in need of cybersecurity, young people who are used to games aren’t attracted to the IT and cybersecurity field.
While the choice of function over fashion may make sense for the sake of simplicity and continuity, it’s also left behind those who find the presentation of coding languages to be more confusing than intriguing.
The problem has hit the information technology and cybersecurity professions hard at a time when those positions are needed the most. As new threats arise every day targeting individuals and businesses that have plenty of information and money to lose, there is a huge shortage of people with the skills to combat those attacks.
In a survey of 641 information technology professionals conducted earlier this year by the Enterprise Strategy Group, 45 percent of respondents indicated their organizations currently lack the necessary cybersecurity skills to deal with the increasing number of risks.
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