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LSC Raises Awareness about Cybersecurity Careers

Updated: November 15, 2019 10:43 PM

Lake Superior College held a workshop Friday to increase awareness about the many jobs available in the cybersecurity field.

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The event was free and open to anyone. The U.S. Department of Defense sponsored the workshop which was led the LSC Computer Information Systems department.

CSI instructor Vickie McLain said, “Unfortunately, right now, there is a huge need for cyber security all over the world. And there’s no way that we can even catch up to the amount of people that we need.”

Because of the high demand, McLain said cybersecurity jobs are highly paid. She said she's heard of people with a two-year degree starting at a $70,000 salary and people with a four-year degree starting at $90,000.

Participants in the workshops learned about different cybersecurity career options and about the increasing prevalence of hacking.

"It's not a question of if there's going to be a cyber-attack, they happen all the time," McLain said, "It's a question of how are you going to find out what they did, if it's anything bad, and then what are you gonna do about it. We need a lot more people to be prepared to defend their own systems and everyone else's."

In addition to funding the workshop, the Department of Defense offers scholarship programs through LSC.

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