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Robert Ackerman Jr.

Robert Ackerman Jr.

Founder and Managing Director, AllegisCyber

  • Let’s Seriously Address the Cyber Talent Shortage Once and For All

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on February 20, 2018

    Nearly 85 U.S. universities today offer undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in cybersecurity, up from a tiny handful a decade ago. Some of these are among the top universities in the country, such as Dartmouth, John Hopkins and New York University. There are also about a dozen two-year college programs, as well as about 25 accredited online cybersecurity degree programs. And yet the…

  • The Road for Cybersecurity in 2018

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on February 9, 2018

    Every year, global investment in cybersecurity increases and pretty much so does investment in cyber startups. And so the inevitable question arises: Are we approaching or already in a cybersecurity bubble, fueled in part by venture capitalists? The quick answer is yes and no. According to Gartner Inc. worldwide spending on cybersecurity exceeded $86 billion in 2017, an increase of 7%, and will…

  • The Best Cybersecurity Programs Put Employee Training First

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on November 14, 2017

    Timely advice about creating a worthwhile corporate cybersecurity strategy sagely starts today by realizing that establishing firewalls and relying on the IT department to monitor attacks isn’t sufficient. Reactive strategies break down over time, making proactive strategies crucial. Further, defensive strategies work only within centralized, controlled and managed-device networks – all now…

  • Cybersecurity Automation Is Coming to the Rescue

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 7, 2017

    Every now and then, it may seem as though the explosive growth of increasingly sophisticated, novel and successful cyberattacks is overwhelming. Who can keep up and fend off the attacks? Certainly not the federal government, and certainly not most major corporations. Further undermining a strong defensive posture is the swelling shortage of cybersecurity specialists– more than 1 million globally…

  • You Have to Know Plenty To Pursue a Cybersecurity Career – But Not Nearly Everything

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on August 21, 2017

    Ask a cybersecurity firm or a big financial services company with a huge cybersecurity staff what they’re looking for in new cybersecurity talent, and they will tick off their requirements in rapid-fire succession, barely stopping to take a breath. They want somebody with a bachelor’s degree in computer programming, computer science or computer engineering. They also want to see an academic…

  • Cyber Laws and Regulations Make Sense but Must Be Strengthened

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on June 23, 2017

    Almost everybody knows by now that many of our activities have become dependent upon computer systems, data networks and various electronic devices – and that the movement toward hyper connectivity confronts a relentless siege from constantly evolving cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Most companies have their hands full, and far too many are being breached despite their sharply heightened focus…

  • Cybersecurity Jobs Go Begging

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on March 27, 2017

    In an era in which we chronically hear about a profusion of new low-paying jobs, there is a challenging and diversified specialty – the cybersecurity professional– that pays well and offers good advancement potential. And yet, we can’t come close to filling the demand for these types of workers. Security pros protect critical information, which means they have an immediate impact on the…

  • Security and Privacy is Sometimes Suspect, but Growth of the Cloud Marches On

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on January 12, 2017

    We increasingly hear that the most-discussed computing paradigm, cloud computing – especially the public cloud -- is resuming its sharp rate of growth after a lull and poised to accelerate further. This is refreshing news in a world ever-more obsessed with security, underscoring that cloud purveyors are making progress in getting security right. The attractions of cloud computing are obvious to…

  • The Rise of Nation-State Cyber Attacks Makes Encryption More Crucial Than Ever

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 20, 2016

    No entity is immune from a cyber attack. A successful, jaw-dropping cyber assault against a seemingly impenetrable target occurred again last month. This time, the humbled target was the National Security Agency, the nation’s premier electronic eavesdropper. Three hundred megabytes of sophisticated code developed by the NSA to penetrate computer security systems was posted online for all to see. …

  • Small Business: Wake Up to Growing Cyber Threats

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on June 3, 2016

    A few months ago, Rokenbok Education, a Solana Beach, Calif., maker of educational toys, was facing perhaps the quintessential nightmare of the 21 st century. Cyber criminals had encrypted the company’s computer files, rendering them useless. The hackers were deploying ransomware. If Rokenbok wanted the data unlocked, it would have to pay a ransom. As the New York Times reported, the company…

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