Study: Cyber security breaches on the rise

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A recent University of Phoenix study found cyber security breaches are on the rise — from 200,000 malware attacks in 2006 to 200,000 a day in 2013.

The estimated cost: $400 billion worldwide.

“This happened to my daughter, for instance, last week,” said Garland Williams, Dean of Academics for the College of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Phoenix.

Williams said it’s happening more often because we now do so much online.

“We have smart phones, we have iPads, we have Internet connections where we pay our bills, so it’s just a better opportunity for those that want to hack our accounts to be able to do that,” he said.

To reduce the chance of becoming a victim, he said it’s important to change your account passwords often and check the activity regularly to make sure there aren’t any charges you didn’t make.

Meanwhile, the pressure’s on businesses to make sure they’re doing everything they can to keep our information safe. That’s led to growing demand for jobs in cyber security along with more colleges and universities now offering programs to fill the gap.

Last year, a Wall Street Journal blog reported demand for cyber security experts is growing at 3.5 times the pace of the overall IT job market.

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