As Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have set up voluntary cyber security standards for critical infrastructure, President Barack Obama is now considering taking action through the executive branch, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.
"If the Congress is not going to act on something like this, then the president wants to make sure that we’re doing everything possible," said John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The announcement highlights the president's strong stance on cyber security, as he has consistently stated that "cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges" the nation faces.
As cyber security becomes increasingly important for the safety and well-being of the nation, more professionals will be needed to join this fast-growing field and keep the U.S. secure. According to Tom Kellermann, vice president at Trend Micro and former member of President Obama's cyber security commission, the government will need to hire at least 10,000 professionals for this field in the near future, The Washington Post states. At the same time, the private sector will demand about 40,000 additional cyber security professionals.
Students who want to enter this fast-growing field should begin by earning a bachelor's degree in cyber security, computer science or a related topic. For more advanced positions, a campus-based or online master's degree might be necessary.