Cyber security awareness could be the key to stopping cybercrime – and you don’t need to be a technical mastermind.
What do you think is the biggest risk factor in cyber security? Leaky firewalls? Dodgy antivirus software? Sloppy spam filters?
Nope. The biggest cyber security risk isn’t the technology – it’s the people using it. More than 90% of successful cyber attacks can be traced back to human behaviour. Simple things like forgetting to update software, reusing passwords or clicking on suspicious links can end up costing businesses a lot of money. That’s why cyber security awareness training is one of the fastest growing areas within the cyber security sector.
A lot of cyber security firms now offer awareness training, and you don’t need to be a technical whiz to teach it – most people come from a marketing, communications or media background.
Working in cyber communications
Daisy Wong is the cyber culture and engagement lead for the Victorian Government. She got into cyber awareness after studying marketing and behavioural studies.
Daisy’s role is to educate public servants on how to best protect themselves and their organisation. “A lot of staff still believe that cyber security is an IT problem,” she says. “We need staff to be accountable, so we provide them with tools that make it easier to become more cyber safe.”
According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre, only one in four Australians feel that they have a good understanding of cyber security risks. Security awareness training can reduce the risk of an attack by 70%.
Plus, Daisy says, changing people’s behaviour for the better is a great feeling. “Nothing gives me more joy than when people tell me they’ve changed their passwords to make them more secure.”
Daisy’s study and career path
- Master of International Business, Monash University
- IT Security Project Scheduler, NAB
- Cyber culture and engagement lead, Victorian Government
Cyber + communications study
- Bachelor of Media and Communications / Bachelor of Cyber Security, Macquarie University
- Bachelor of Communication (Strategic Communication), Murdoch University
- Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication), Queensland University of Technology
Cyber + communications jobs
- Training manager: $59K–$116K
- Communications specialist: $54K–$97K
- Learning and development specialist: $60K–$115K*
* Salaries according to payscale.com
This story originally appears in Careers with STEM: Technology 2021.
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Author: Chloe Walker
Chloe is a freelance writer and editor from Melbourne. She loves talking to people about their passions, whether that’s STEM, arts, business, or something else entirely! www.chloe-walker.com