5 Steps Towards a Career in Cybersecurity

Everyone has a career in cybersecurity, and it is important to know how to become one. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand right now because of the amount of cybercrime that takes place on a daily basis. People who work with cybersecurity have an important career, but there isn’t just one way to get into this field.

Here are five steps you can take towards becoming a career in cybersecurity

The education system and economy can shape one’s career path in many ways. Some choose their profession based off of what they love, while others do so based off of a need to make money.

A person who wants to work in cybersecurity must first become educated on the industry and skills required for entry-level positions, choose a desired occupation, attain

There are many different paths towards becoming someone who works with cyber security.

1) Educate yourself on the industry and the required skillsets

Educating oneself on the industry and skills required for entry-level positions in cybersecurity is the first step to a career in this fast-growing sector.

Students are encouraged to take courses such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Communications or Information Technology in order to jumpstart career and educational opportunities in this industry.

Since there are many different career paths available within the field of cybersecurity, it is important that one researches career growth rates, job availability and career outlook before making a career decision.

2) Choose a desired career path within cybersecurity

No career path is the same. It is important to research career growth rates, as well as job availability and career outlook before making a career decision.

A career in cybersecurity can be many different things, such as an ethical hacker or information security analyst. It is important to know what is available so that you can make the best choice for your career.

Obtaining an appropriate degree for cybersecurity

Obtaining an appropriate degree for the career desired can go a long way when it comes to jumpstarting one’s career in cyber security.

Particularly popular degrees include Computer Science, Mathematics, Communications, Information Technology or even gaming degrees which provide students with critical skills and knowledge necessary for success within this industry.

In addition to completing course requirements, one should consider interning or volunteering in order to gain valuable career experience.

3) Find entry level positions

Find entry-level positions in your career field of choice, whether it is ethical hacking or information security analyst.

Start building on career experience by volunteering or interning at a professional firm in order to gain valuable career skills.

It is always important to put oneself out there and network with others within the field; this way, you can meet people and set up potential career opportunities such as informational interviews.

4) Improve your career prospects by developing good skillsets

Improving one’s career prospects typically means following one’s career goals as well as obtaining those desired skills that are necessary for success in the field of cybersecurity.

One should research what career path they would like to take and then improve career skills by completing career-specific courses such as Certified Ethical Hacker, or Information Security Analyst.

A career in the cybersecurity field is incredibly rewarding; it is important that one educates oneself on career opportunities, as well as chooses a career path before beginning their career journey within this technology savvy world.

5) Start building experience

Once they have achieved the appropriate degree, it is important for them to begin building on career experience by volunteering or interning at a professional firm. This will give them career skills that will help them succeed in the field.

Where to from here

There are many career paths available in the cybersecurity field. One of those career path is, “ethical hacker”.

Ethical hackers identify vulnerabilities (holes) and exploitable weaknesses in networks or computer systems to protect them from people that might try to exploit these flaws for their own personal gain.

To become an ethical hacker one first needs a good understanding of how computers work; they need to know what it’s like on both sides- being on the inside as well as outside trying to break into someone else’s system.

They also need some knowledge about networking and programming languages such as Python or Java so they can understand how software works when writing programs for analysis purposes.

With all of these things in mind, it’s easy to see how there is no set path towards success in cyber security;

Josephine Jordan is a tech-savy, cybersecurity enthusiast, IT professional and a writer. She has more than 5 years of experience working in the IT industry particularly in the field of cyber security