Cyber­se­cu­rity breaches con­tinue to plague the infor­ma­tion tech­nology com­mu­nity in and out­side Connecticut.

Last year, the Depart­ment of Home­land Security’s U.S. Com­puter Emer­gency Readi­ness Team received more than 100,000 inci­dent reports and released more than 5,000 action­able cyber secu­rity alerts and publications.

Anti-​​virus soft­ware maker Symantec 2011 State of the Enter­prise report iden­ti­fied cyber-​​risk as the top con­cern of IT staffs, and reported that an average enter­prise incurs more than $2 mil­lion per year in ser­vice loss due to secu­rity issues.

It is crit­ical for the country to have enough well trained cyber secu­rity pro­fes­sionals to be pre­pared to defend the country,” said Agnes Chan, director of grad­uate edu­ca­tion in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence. “Tech­nology alone cannot solve secu­rity prob­lems, people have to be aware of the social con­texts related to cyber secu­rity. It is crit­ical that inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­grams such as ours are cre­ated with the goal of pro­ducing well pre­pared cyber-​​corps.”

Chan said “hands-​​on” expe­ri­ence has to be part of the training in cybersecurity.

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