COVID-19: Cybersecurity workers have in-demand skills


As more employees have begun working remotely and more students are learning remotely because of COVID-19, the demands on the internet have increased. Andy Ellis is the Chief Security Officer for Akamai Technologies, an American content delivery network, cybersecurity, and cloud service provider. Ellis says the goal of security is to ensure users are accessing safe systems and, with that increase in usage, comes more attempted cybercrimes. He notes that Akamai is expecting to do more hiring than had been anticipated prior to the pandemic. Ellis says that transferable skills can lead to work in the cybersecurity sector. “Any skill can be applied to security,” he says. According to Ellis, Akamai has passive reference libraries of documentation regarding its clients’ particular systems. He says, “That information has to be updated every year. That is a librarian skillset.” Connect with WorkingNation online:  Visit the WorkingNation Website:   Follow @workingnation on Twitter:   Like and follow our WorkingNation Facebook page: Follow WorkingNation on LinkedIn:

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With a career devoted to understanding how humans make risk decisions, Andy Ellis is a seasoned technology executive with deep expertise in security. An advisor to several cyber security startups, including Orca, Vulcan, and Uptycs, he currently serves as an advisor at cyber security venture capital firm, YL Ventures. Ellis formerly served as the chief security officer of web and internet security company Akamai. In his 20 years with Akamai, he helped to design and bring to market several of the company’s core technologies behind its security solutions. Combining more than 20 years of security experience with insider anecdotes from his time serving as CSO, he explores how and why humans make risk choices and decisions – and their impact on security.