Being born and brought up into a family of Indian descent, there were two things my parents always wanted me to achieve: Get straight A’s and become a doctor. Well, my sister, achieved both of these goals, but as for me, I was a big flat goose egg. Not only did I do horribly in the middle years of high school, I switched majors something like 5 times until I finally settled on Ag Econ. My parents (especially my Dad) always believed that becoming a doctor would be the most stable job ever.
But however, we are seeing the total opposite. Even the MDs of today face no job security. True, they go through many, many years of excruciating training (something that I know could never do), but there is no guarantee that these professionals will even find a lucrative position. Part of this is the screwed up medical system that we have here in the United States, as well as the enormous costs it takes for malpractice insurance.
For that matter, there is no such thing as job security really in any profession or industry. Even if you are full time, regular employee with a company for 20+ years, you can still be let go at the drop of a hat. I should know, as I was laid off twice in 2017. But despite all of these odds, there is one profession that will be viable for a long time to come, with plenty of growth: That of Cybersecurity.
After all, no sane business owner, government agency, or individual can keep up on a daily basis of all of the new Cyber based threats that come out on a daily basis. True, Cyber security is a very broad umbrella, but some of the most in demand jobs are those that require an expert to actually test the defense perimeters of an organization. T
his is where the role of a Penetration Tester comes into play. Another very lucrative area is that of making sure you are in compliance with the all of the crazy Federal legislations and mandates (such as that of HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.). Even I am trying to break into Cybersecurity, primarily being that of a technical writer. I am still looking though!!!
But, even the despite this huge growth rate in Cybersecurity, there are still some discrepancies that workers face, especially those of the minority origin. According to a recent report, it is the minority race which makes up a bulk of the Cybersecurity workforce, in fact up to 30%. But despite this, there are huge differences in terms of job titles and compensation for these minority employees versus their Caucasian counterparts. For example:
*Only 23% of minorities hold the title of Director+ versus 30% of the Caucasians that hold this role;
*62% of minorities have an advanced degree in Cybersecurity versus the 50% of Caucasians that do;
*On average, minorities only earn about $115,00 versus the rest of the Cybersecurity workforce that earns well above $130,000;
*32% of the Cybersecurity workforce have actually experienced some kind or type of racial discrimination at the place of their employment;
*Minority females make up only 17% of the Cybersecurity workforce.
These statistics came from a new Cybersecurity report released by ISC (2), and it can be downloaded at this following link:
According to the CEO, David Shearer: “Understanding the challenges our [Cybersecurity] profession faces related to diversity is a critical first step to accomplishing that goal and ultimately addressing the widening cybersecurity workforce gap.” (SOURCE: https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/88817-minority-cybersecurity-professionals-hold-fewer-leadership-roles).
Me personally, I have never experienced any form of racial discrimination in all of the roles I have had-heck, I have even worked with hourly wage pipefitters and they treated me with nothing with the utmost respect. I think the minorities that face these kinds of discrimination are those that have just entered the United States on a work visa.
But no matter who or where Cybersecurity professional comes from, we all must work as team in a united front with this simple objective: To make the world a safer place. We all come from different walks of life and backgrounds, and if we as a society (especially here in the United States) can just respect that, that will be one huge step forward.