What is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity, also referred to as information security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change, or destruction.
Why is Cybersecurity important?
Recent cyber attacks on large retailers like Target, large banks like J.P. Morgan Chase, and Anthem-one of the largest health insurance providers-again highlighted the need for increased cybersecurity education and training of the existing workforce and preparing a new generation of cybersecurity workers ready for securing our cyberspace from intruders and attackers. The Federal government has recognized the importance of cybersecurity at all levels, and a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) was established by President George W. Bush in 2008 and continued by President Obama. CNCI Initiative#8 puts emphasis on expanding Cyber Education “to develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce with the right knowledge and skills.”
During a Senate hearing in March 2013, the nation's top intelligence officials warned that cyber attacks and digital spying are the top threats to national security, eclipsing terrorism. As a matter of fact, Missouri ranks 5th in the U.S. in the number of cybersecurity breaches according to the St. Louis Business Journal.