What to expect from a cyber-security job: high employer demand, great salaries and attractive promotion prospects. What is better than all of that? Working in the field of cyber security is in fact a lovely choice. Burning Glass revealed an important percentage increase of 74% in the postings of cyber security jobs from 2007 to 2013. This was more than double the pace in which any other IT jobs grew in this period of time.
Well, it seems really cool to go for the cyber security field. However, at the end of the day it is a career which has certain requirements, and one has to be passionate enough to pursue his dreams in such a career field. This job section of the site intends to give a detailed background about each job type under the umbrella of cyber security. It should make it easier for anyone to decide whether to choose the cyber security field and if so, which job is suitable for whoever interested at the current time.
Description, Salary, Requirements:
There are three main sections into which each career page is divided. The three sections are:
- Job Description: there exists some short definitions of each job, potential responsibilities of the job, career paths and similar job titles.
- Annual Salary.
- Job Requirements: we discuss the degree requirements, work experience needed, hard and soft skills, and certification options.
In each page, there is a table of contents that you can definitely use to read the section that appeals to you the most. We tried to add all information that may be needed to satisfy your needs when reading about a job. You may not need all of this information though, so feel free to skip the parts that you do not want to read.
Making our focus on cyber security:
In our discussion, we are more concerned with the perspective of cyber security. In other words, we only refer to the cyber security jobs and similar jobs without discussing in details the general IT job that may be of great relevance to a security job title. However, in the career path section, you will find that we mentioned any related jobs even when they are general IT job, such as Software Developer when talking of Security Software Developer. In case there is any security job that you find us missing, please feel free to contact us about it.
Broad vs. Specific Details:
Crossover in the security job titles is very common. For instance, the role of a security analyst may be assumed by a security administrator. Or a security consultant may sometimes take the responsibilities of a pen tester or a vulnerability assessor. Accordingly, our descriptions are attempted to be broad as much as possible.
It is also worth noting that you should think of the hard skills that are mentioned inside each job page as just a list of suggested skills. They are tentative and some of them may be unnecessary while others may be of great usefulness. Also, feel free to arm yourself with more specialized skills to pursue your dreams in the desired security job.
1. Try to get great sense of the job territory:
The field of cybersecurity is always in change at a fast pace because of the rapid advancements in technology. It is always advisable to do your own research to get to know the job requirements and qualifications. When you feel yourself into the field of cyber security, we recommend that you surf the employment sites such as e.g SimplyHired, Monster, Indeed, etc. This can help you get to know about the current qualifications that are required, desired certifications, and needed degrees.
2. Work on your street skills:
Getting your hands dirty in the field of cyber security is really important since employers prefer those with experience of real-life security scenarios rather than those who lack such experiences. Getting a hands-on experience is really advisable. This could be done through the following suggestions:
- Attending security conferences is really important.
- Being a participant in hacking contests gives a great real experience in the field.
- Taking SANS courses is also advisable. Think about this seriously please.
- Search for some open source projects and add your contributions to them.
- Seek internships or trainings in the field of cyber security.
3. Talk to and ask peers and mentors:
People are always a great source of knowledge when it comes to seeking information about a cyber security job. It is always advisable to ask whenever in doubt. Ways to get knowledge from the people in the field are exemplified in the following points:
- Talking to fellow hackers, senior students, or conference goers would be a really essential step.
- Post your questions or look for similar questions on Information Security Stack Exchange or any other IT security online communities.
- Write to the bloggers that you admire.
- Ask for referrals through your professors at university.
A right mentor should be knowledgeable of the following list:
- The security certifications that you really need, and how to get your current employer convinced to pay for such certifications.
- The places where you will be able to find projects that can add up to your technical skills.
- The advantages versus the disadvantages of working for the government, non-profit organizations, start-up companies, military services, etc.
- And a host of many other insider tips.