I remember it like it was yesterday. There I was about to finish high school sitting at the breakfast table wondering aloud what to do about college and life thereafter. My mother blurted out ‘dermatology’. I was thinking something far more glamorous like a Wall Street titan. But I politely demurred asking what in the world possessed her to come up with a life filled with skin rashes for her youngest son?
Well, she started; doctors make lots of money. Dermatology is a very clean business, no yucky blood like you have with surgery. Nobody ever dies so you don’t get sued. You treat skin rashes that never seem to go away so when you treat a patient one time, they are yours for life. I had to admit, she had a point, but I found my way the Wall Street anyway.
Today my advice would be different. Not that dermatology is bad, but there is something that is even better: CyberSecurity. The recent global attacks underscore how CyberSecurity is the dermatology of the present and the future. Cyber War is unending, just like a skin rash. The battle continually escalates but never ends. There is likely be a cure for Eczema before the Cyber War ends.
CyberSecurity has been around for as long as the Internet. After more than 25 years, a few giants usually dominate a technology sector. Not CyberSecurity. If you Google the topic, you will find a list of no less than 500 that are considered to be the worlds hottest and most innovative companies.
Money doesn’t seem much to matter considering the first really big cap company on the list, Lockheed Martin is ranked #7 and long time giant Symantec barely makes it into the top 10 whereas IBM ranks #12 and Cisco #13. This means anybody with enough computer skills and a creative mind can get into the game. Remember, you never have to fix anything, just treat the symptoms.
For those interested, the full list of companies and how they are rated can be found on www.cybersecurityventures.com. There are a good number of public companies that offer investment opportunities. Be sure to check out the list soon, with the cyber attacks, investor interest in the group is sure to spike.
The obvious conclusion to be made here is that there are so many nooks and crannies in CyberSecurity equation that there is plenty of room for all, large and small. Not even dermatology can offer that many opportunities.
One of the more perplexing questions raised is the role the cloud is playing in CyberSecurity. The idea of transferring massive amounts of dispersed data from millions of computers into a few gynourmous data storage centers, referred to as “the cloud” is comparable to people taking their money out from under the mattress and putting it into banks. It’s easier to rob a bank than to disturb each of their customers.
Big cloud providers that include Microsoft, Amazon and many more will be quick to call my concerns stupid. After all their CyberSecurity team consists of the most advanced software on the planet.
And we should not forget the United States Federal Government agencies that not only have to ability to hire and train some of the brightest tech minds but the budget to test fly any CyberSecurity software.
But then, wasn’t it our very own NSA whose computers were hacked and malware filched in creating the latest global attack? Turns out the NSA was using an old versions of Windows that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Whoops’, well we would have all been better off if the government had all of it secret stuff stored on an Apple II. Now it is time to upgrade the government system.
So to all you geeks out there that have been wasting time on developing the latest variation of Game of Thrones or developing another new app, think CyberSecurity, it really spells JobSecurity.