Cybersecurity is one of the hottest career options right now. As the number of cyber attacks and security breaches has dramatically increased and impacted businesses, it has created a huge opportunity for aspiring aspirants to enter the cybersecurity arena. The demand for jobs in the growth of cybersecurity is unprecedented in any other technological field. Asia-Pacific has the most cybersecurity opportunities in the world. Rising demand for professionals means Indian companies are facing a shortage of trained cybersecurity personnel, especially at entry level.
Now let’s take a look at some of the career options for those who are passionate about cybersecurity:
IT security consultant: Becoming a computer security consultant is seen as a stepping stone within the industry as they are hired by companies to protect their assets in the most cost effective way possible. To be hired as an IT security consultant, the candidate needs a qualified / professional certification in IT, cybersecurity or related fields.
Security systems administrator: A security systems administrator takes care of the security infrastructure in companies. They have to install, maintain, troubleshoot various security systems including data and network. To work as a Security Systems Administrator, the candidate needs a qualified / professional certification in a CS field.
Computer security engineer: Security engineering must deal with the protection of the network. They maintain systems, perform security checks to distinguish possible weaknesses, and create logs to track any incidents. The candidate needs a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a CS qualified / professional certification to become a computer security engineer.
Ethical hacker: The ethical hacker searches for loopholes in computer systems to prevent damage beforehand. They must find out all the problems before anyone attacks. A candidate can become an ethical hacker if they have a qualified / professional certification in cybersecurity.
Compliance and audit: To enter this field of cybersecurity, no programming skills are required. Students can learn about the underlying technology and business models. Different business models can be transparently protected while ensuring that new regulations do not hamper business innovation.
Other career opportunities include:
- Forensic analyst / investigator
- Analyst / Incident Responder
- Information Security Officer
- Safety auditor
- Director of Security
- Source code auditor
Skills required to choose a career in cybersecurity
Besides a skilled / professional certification, the candidate also needs soft skills, which help them to advance in their cybersecurity career. To shine in your career, we recommend that you take hands-on training through ‘Globally Certified Bootcamps’ which offer the most recent cybersecurity training internationally and also provide soft skills training. Some of these bootcamps get you entry-level jobs immediately upon completion of the program with a placement rate of over 95%.
A problem solver: If you want to enter the cyber world, it is important to troubleshoot. Cyber security issues are creating chaos in the world. It is the responsibility of the professionals to fix the cyber problem and save the data. With the power of critical thinking, you can shine as an incident responder.
Passionate: It is important to take more responsibility in solving cybersecurity issues. You can read a scammer’s stories online and stay ahead of the game. If you are an enthusiast then Penetration Tester is a suitable job portfolio for you.
Quick learning: You have to be curious about new technologies if you want to save a business from cyberattacks. Discover the different tools developed to help security professionals. You have to be quick to understand the problem and apply the right strategy to solve it.
These days, attacks are very sophisticated, not only in terms of technology, but also strategy. It is important to perfect yourself to get the nerves of the best attackers. You need to be nimble at threat hunting, forensic analysis, or even malware reverse engineering. Aspirants who want to enter the world of cybercrime need practical skills and require a different thought process.
Author is CEO, ThriveDX SaaS