“Our machines should be nothing more than tools for extending the powers of the human beings who use them.” — Thomas Watson Jr., former CEO of IBM
The introduction of IBM’s “Watson” brings with it a new world of IT possibility. Watson is a technology platform that is able to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. It uses natural language processing and machine learning to receive and execute direction, which is why it is considered today’s premier platform for cognitive business.
Watson’s ability to rifle through years of stored information in just a matter of seconds is truly remarkable. IBM has taken the steps necessary provide peace of mind to its users, but any advancement in technology can bring up the question of information security.
Information security employment is on the rise, and with technology platforms like Watson now in use, you can understand why. Sensitive information is everywhere, and accessible to anyone with the right combination of tools and tech savvy. It’s up to security professionals to ensure that personal and company information is protected.
If you are looking for a stable career in IT, then look to security. Every company needs security engineers, and the value of a security professional to a company is on the rise. Whether you are just starting your IT career or you’re already in the field, there is no better way than certification to show an employer that you’re well versed in your industry.
Information security certifications help keep you up-to-date and ready for the range of challenges that are constantly emerging with new technology. Look to the CompTIA Security+ certification as a starting or refreshing point on your path to becoming a security engineer, security consultant or network administrator. A certification like the Security+, along with a little experience, can go a long way.
IBM’s Watson has given us a glimpse into what will be demanded from future information security professionals — and it looks as though there is no better time than the present to jump into the security field.
About the Author — Jake Slater is the social media manager for GoCertify and a graduate of Brigham Young University. Jake was but a wee bairn when IBM's Watson-presaging Deep Blue beat up on Garry Kasparov.