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We are in the Week 3 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week highlights the Cybersecurity Career Awareness. This is a week-long campaign that will inspire and promotes the exploration of cybersecurity careers. The dynamic field of cybersecurity is rapidly growing and has something for everyone, whether its students, experts, or those seeking a career change.
Why You Should Consider a Cyber Career?
The world is facing new threats and challenges each day. The intense spike in ransomware and supply chain attacks exemplify that for business continuity, every company regardless of vertical, security will only continue to rise. This makes Cybersecurity, one of the hottest careers today. There is a massive push by businesses and education sectors to attract individuals toward a certification and career in cybersecurity. I am sure that you will be Interested in joining this thrilling new 21st Century Workforce? Some Facts and Figures that might be right for you to pursue a certification and career in cybersecurity:
- 80% of companies say they have a hard time finding and hiring security talent. (Gartner)
- Cybersecurity Ventures has found that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2021
- By 2028, the cybersecurity job market is set to grow by 32%. (U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics)
- Wireless Security, System Audit, Application Development Security, DevSecOps, Container Security, Forensic Investigator, Incident Handler, Penetration Testing, IoT Security and Application Security Code Review are set to be the most in demand cybersecurity skills over the next five years. (Burning Glass)
Vast Room for Personal and Professional Growth!
One selects a course based on their ability, availability of jobs and career growth track. You are lucky that cybersecurity career tracks offer a variety of options for students and professionals to find a position they are interested in. Cybersecurity professionals can work in Software or Networking in everything from testing to defence to compliance. There are virtually infinite ways that professionals can apply their skills and grow them. Some of the cybersecurity career profiles are:
Cyber Ops Planner | Knowledge Manager | Vulnerability Assessment Analyst | Technical Support Specialist | Systems Administrator | System Testing and Evaluation Specialist | Cyber Defense Incident Responder | Cyber Crime Investigator Pen Tester | Threat & Warning Analyst | Multi-Disciplined Language Analyst | Cyber Operator | Cyber Forensics Expert
Investment in cybersecurity certifications pays for itself!
There is a huge shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Businesses and educational institutions are constantly rolling out new ideas to make cybersecurity careers more affordable. For example, Star Certification scholarships are now available for individuals interested in cybersecurity careers, while many businesses are beginning to offer certification cost reimbursement or other financial benefits. This means that a certification in cybersecurity will be more affordable.
Cybersecurity Workforce Categories: (NICE)
- Analyze – Performs highly-specialized review and evaluation of incoming cybersecurity information to determine its usefulness for intelligence. This includes, analysing all Sources, Exploitation, Language, Targets, and Threats across the Intelligence Community.
- Collect and Operate – Provides specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence.
- Investigate – Investigate cybersecurity events or crimes related to Information Technology systems, networks and digital evidence.
- Operate and Maintain – Provides the support, administration and maintenance necessary to ensure effective and efficient IT System performance and security.
- Oversee and Govern – Provides leadership, management, direction or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work.
- Protect and Defend – Identifies, analyses and mitigates threats to internal IT Systems and networks.
- Securely Provision – Conceptualizes, designs, procures and builds IT Systems with responsibility for aspects of system and network development.
What are the top Cybersecurity Skills needed?
Cloud computing security | Risk assessment | Security analysis | Threat intelligence analysis | Application security | Security engineering | Security administration | Penetration testing | Data management protection
What are some of the Work Roles & their Descriptions? (NICE)
- Vulnerability Assessment Analyst: Performs assessments of systems and networks within the network environment or enclave and identifies where those systems/networks deviate from acceptable configurations or local policy. Measures effectiveness of defense-in-depth architecture against known vulnerabilities.
- Software Developer: Develops, creates, maintains, and writes new codes, or modifies existing codes of computer applications, software, or specialized utility programs.
- Secure Software Assessor: Analyzes the security of new or existing computer applications, software, or specialized utility programs and provides actionable results.
- Information Systems Security Developer: Designs, develops, tests, and evaluates information system security throughout the systems development life cycle.
- Cyber Instructor: Develops and conducts training or education of personnel within cyber domain.
- Database Administrator: Administers databases and/or data management systems that allow for the secure storage, query, protection, and utilization of data.
- Cyber Defense Incident Responder: Investigates, analyzes, and responds to cyber incidents within the network environment or enclave.
- Network Operations Specialist: Plans, implements, and operates network services/systems, to include hardware and virtual environments.
- Security Architect: Ensures that the stakeholder security requirements necessary to protect the organization’s mission and business processes are adequately addressed in all aspects of enterprise architecture including reference models, segment and solution architectures, and the resulting systems supporting those missions and business processes.
- Systems Requirements Planner: Consults with customers to evaluate functional requirements and translate functional requirements into technical solutions.
Being a cybersecurity professional can mean many things. If you think that all cybersecurity roles are technical, then rethink. Many security professionals are from non-technical backgrounds such as, English, Pre-Medical, and Psychology to Auto-mechanics, Artists, and Home Makers. The range of competencies and work roles that include cybersecurity is remarkably broad. Anyone can get started in cybersecurity. In many cases, having a non-technical background can actually be an advantage in the industry. What is necessary or critical in cybersecurity is the ability to analyze, and the curiosity and the desire to understand how things work.
If you are curious about getting started in cybersecurity, don’t let your education or background determine your career path. It will not limit your options in the cybersecurity sector. No matter what your background is, you can bring in something unique and special to this field, which businesses desperately need. As long as you have passion, and desire to learn, you are on the right track. Never lose that desire to learn. Once you start to develop your skills, your network starts developing and the opportunities start knocking.
How do I start a career in cybersecurity?
Irrespective of your background, you can start a career by learning and certifying yourself in the course of your choice. If you are new to cybersecurity, you may start with Star Cyber Secure User (SCSU) course by Star Certification.
Star Certification, a leading open-source and vendor neutral certification body is playing its part by providing certifications on Star Cyber Secure User, Ethical Hacking, Secure Programming, Forensic investigator, Incident handler, Penetration testing, IoT Security, Wireless Security and preparing a workforce that can handle day-to-day cyber threats.