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Defense Against the Dark Arts (of Cyberspace)

Universities are offering graduate degrees in cybersecurity

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Defense Against the Dark Arts (of Cyberspace)
Illustration by Jesse Lefkowitz

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In an increasingly networked world, security attacks have become not just more frequent and sophisticated but also more financially damaging. The silver lining is the growing need for cybersecurity experts. Information security analyst jobs are expected to grow by 37 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Every time there’s a new breach anywhere, a light goes on in some C-suite office and it opens up hiring,” says Ernest McDuffie, who leads the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Special Report: Top Tech 2021

After months of blood, toil, tears, and sweat, we can all expect a much better year

1 min read
Photo-illustration: Edmon de Haro

Last January in this space we wrote that “technology doesn't really have bad years." But 2020 was like no other year in recent memory: Just about everything suffered, including technology. One shining exception was biotech, with the remarkably rapid development of vaccines capable of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year's roundup of anticipated tech advances includes an examination of the challenges in manufacturing these vaccines. And it describes how certain technologies used widely during the pandemic will likely have far-reaching effects on society, even after the threat subsides. You'll also find accounts of technical developments unrelated to the pandemic that the editors of IEEE Spectrum expect to generate news this year.

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