Want To Become A Professional In Cyber Security? Here’s How To Do It

Want To Become A Professional In Cyber Security? Here's How To Do It
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Thanks to modern technology, more and more businesses are harnessing the power of IT. B2B companies are taking advantage of big data and increasing amounts of confidential information are being stored in the cloud. Sadly, cybercrime is on the increase and the perpetrators rarely standstill. As new technologies are developed, the vulnerabilities that can be exploited also increase.

The demand for professionals to protect companies from this threat has never been greater, but there are insufficient qualified candidates to fill these positions. If this is the type of career you are interested in, this article will guide you through the steps needed to land your dream job.

Get A Qualification

This could be anything from an online course to getting a degree at a university. You might seek a degree in computer science or cybersecurity. It all depends on your skillset (existing qualifications and experience) and what else you do for work or study. Needless to say, the most qualified candidates are likely to get the best jobs.

Certifications

There are several certifications that can help set you apart from the competition. One popular certification is CompTIA Security+. There’s also ISC(II) SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner), an ISO 17024 standard; CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional); CCSK (Certified Cybersecurity Specialist: K12 Education) and GWAPT/ GCWN (Global Advanced Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Skills Certificate).

Online Courses

A lot of investigation about cyber security jobs can be made by accessing the internet. You can learn more on getting a Master of Cyber Security by downloading a program guide or by asking to speak to an Enrolment Advisor. You can discover more about the online education experience and entry requirements, or read the latest articles on the subject. It’s also possible to view the different Foundation Courses and read how graduation can enhance your employability prospects.

Research What Is Cyber Security

Interestingly there isn’t one universal or even industry-wide definition for this term. One thing we know for certain: cybersecurity refers to all of the tools and methods used by computer experts in order to protect their data and networks from outside disruptions. These could include viruses and other malicious software programs (i.e., malware). In addition, cybersecurity can encompass policies designed specifically to prevent cyber attacks on government agencies and companies working within the public sector.

In order to increase your knowledge levels (and to remain current), you are recommended to read books and follow online tutorials for this career path (They can be much more detailed than what you’d find on Youtube or blogs).  Another way to learn key information is by attending conferences that provide lectures about new technologies within your industry.

Understand Why It’s So Important

More and more cybersecurity threats are being seen in the news these days, from major data breaches to ransomware attacks. Small businesses that have their data compromised can lose thousands of dollars in revenue. Statistically speaking, few continue to survive for more than a few years after as a result. This is why cybersecurity is now one of the fastest-growing job markets. Whether you’re considering a career change or just want to add some new skills to your resume, it never hurts to brush up on what industry leaders have called “the most valuable skill set” available today.

Companies are looking for people who can secure their data and prevent cyber attacks “by embracing innovation.” This is an excellent field if you’re someone motivated by protecting data instead of stealing it! There’s no shortage of demand out there, with scores of thousands of cybersecurity job postings, and the trend is only set to increase. 

Want To Become A Professional In Cyber Security? Here's How To Do It

Research What To Expect From Your Career

Every cybersecurity career is unique, so it’s important to research what you can expect in your specific role. The cybersecurity job market includes positions like network engineer, information security analyst, malware researcher, and cybersecurity specialist. Other job roles include cyber security manager, cyber security consultant, and cyber security auditor.

In terms of your day-to-day work, cyber security professionals are responsible for monitoring networks and systems to ensure the company data is secure. Cyber security jobs can sometimes pay really well, and they also provide the job satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to protect people’s online privacy.

Gain Experience By Volunteering For An Organization That Focuses On Cyber Security

This will give you the opportunity to work on real-world projects, build skills and create new contacts within your industry of choice. Most volunteering opportunities are available for students or recent graduates who are looking to boost their resumes before they enter the workforce full time. You can search online using keywords like “volunteer cyber security” or “cybersecurity volunteering”.

Becoming a cyber security intern while still at university can help you get hired after graduation. Internships offer an excellent chance to get some hands-on experience with potential employers as well as getting introduced into the field before you graduate. Many companies now look for candidates who have completed internships. Whilst you may not be paid for your time, it could provide you with the experience you need to get a well-paid job later on.

Consider Working At A Tech Company

Some example tech companies are Google, Facebook,  Airbnb, and Uber. Many tech companies and Atlanta startup jobs often hire interns or entry-level employees who they can train up in order to meet their needs. Even if it doesn’t end up as long-term employment in cybersecurity it could be worth considering nonetheless, because it could lead to something bigger and better.

You’d likely benefit from good training programs that teach highly relevant skills, whilst enjoying regular access to state-of-the-art technologies such as cloud infrastructure. These things might not otherwise be available elsewhere (e.g. at university).

Hopefully, you now feel more motivated than ever and are keen to pursue some of these options to help further your career. Seek conversations with career professionals and workers within cybersecurity. A few years down the road you may find yourself fully qualified and experienced in this industry, enjoying a competitive salary whilst protecting the data of different companies.

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Adam Tanton

Adam is a partner in B2BNN with over 15 years experience in the enterprise technology field.