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Spam Is On the Rise - So Is a Career in Information Security

According to Information Security Magazine, spam rose 60 percent in the final few months of 2006. The magazine also listed insider threats as the top security concern for 2007. These two key issues in information security will haunt our high-tech, virtual lifestyle. There are many career options for well-trained and educated information technology specialists who are concerned about information security. Why not train to be one of them while still in the service?
Career Spotlight:  Computer Security Specialists
According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer security specialists coordinate and implement security plans for a variety of organizations. They educate users about computer security, work with specialized security software in to monitor network activity and respond to security threats. In some instances, a computer security specialist can be called upon to gather the evidence used to convict cyber thieves.

There is a growing demand for this type of information technology expert. As we rely more and more on computer networks to organize our lives, there is an ever growing need to protect client and consumer information. This is also a field that pays well. A computer support specialist could expect to earn between $46,260 and $73,620 in 2004.

Earn Your Information Technology Degree, Earn Army Promotion Points
In order to become a computer security specialist, you need a bachelor’s degree in information technology with an emphasis on security related issues. With the help of the Army’s Tuition Assistance Program, you can begin online coursework today and continue to work toward a degree in this field. What’s more, you can earn up to 100 Army Promotion Points for every unit of civilian education you complete. Move ahead in the service and in life.

The technology and security related skills you learned in the Army can lead to a career in information security. This might be the right combination for you—you have the experience, now look into the education.

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