Why should I care about Cyber Security?

December 7, 2021
Female cyber expert

How Hackers have evolved to expand their reach at the expense of you, your data and your business

Cyber Crime and how it affects us all

We live in a digital world and since the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve become even more digitised. Our work lives, personal lives and finances have gravitated online which is incredibly useful but has left us more vulnerable than ever to malicious attacks, invasions of privacy, fraud etc

That’s why cybersecurity is such a vital part of a secure and well-ordered digital world.  Cybercrimes have cost the world $6 trillion in 2021, prompting global spending of roughly $10 billion in cyber-security measures by 2027 to protect against these catastrophic losses.

But it’s not just the big companies and organisations that get hit. Average, everyday consumers experience phishing schemes, ransomware attacks, identity theft, data breaches, and financial losses. For instance, it takes just five minutes to hack an internet-connected device, which includes your smartphone, smartwatch, smart television, and home control systems.

What’s being done to change this?

With all of this increased awareness in public and private sectors regarding cybersecurity, it should come as no surprise that there is now ample funding to promote Cyber Security Skills sets in ICT Professionals. You no longer have to be in a Cyber Security career or have a Cyber Security degree to be someone who can protect against Cyber Crime. Up-Skilling and flash learning with micro credentials has been proven to be as effective in Cyber Defence.

Whether you want to learn more about cybersecurity for personal use, upskill for your job position, or launch a new career, Cyber Skills offers instructor-led online classes giving you the flexibility and convenience to fit up-skilling into your busy schedule. Building on the extensive experience of the partner universities in delivering online programmes Cyber Skills uses a flipped classroom approach with mixed modes of delivery to provide you with the best learning experience to suit your schedule. Our delivery methods support the needs of the professional by being part-time, online and in the evening to suit work and life schedules. You will learn about information security concepts and technologies, the principles behind security architecture, how to mitigate vulnerabilities and threats to your systems, and how to implement risk and incident management to protect your infrastructure from a cyber-attack.


In close collaboration with Industry our pathways have been designed to satisfy the needs of the workplace. The pathways are focused on providing the learner with the necessary skills for a specific work role, to provide targeted skills for your job needs.

​Choose from a specifically designed pathway or pick individual micro-credentials to build your own route to a QQI accredited qualification.

For more about enrolling: https://www.cyberskills.ie/study