Right job or a better career always has a major impact on every facet of life which includes overall happiness also.

Happiness can come in part from knowing that your job is secure. And if you’re looking for job security, it’s worth exploring on how to get into the Cyber Security industry. Experts predict that there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs globally by 2021.

Tips on how to get into cyber security:

Having technical skills is a benefit if you’re trying to figure out how to get into Cyber Security. You’ll able to decode certain computer-related aspects of the job at a faster pace.

Programmers, web developers, and software engineers are just a few of the technical jobs where the technical skills you have will be transferable to a cyber security role. For example, being a programmer will help you know what malicious code looks like, and how to protect against it. Web developers will be quick to learn how to defend against cross-site scripting. And software engineers know how to mitigate vulnerabilities such as buffer overflows.

Having basic skills of computers Cyber Security has a space for you for your career path.

Cyber Security Jobs to Target:

  1. Category: Having Sound knowledge of Computer Science
    • Security engineer: In this role, you would test the network for vulnerabilities, monitor for security breaches and develop security plans and policies. You would also mount an incident response in the event of any security breaches.
    • Cryptographer: As a cryptographer, you would analyze, decipher, and perhaps even develop encryption algorithms. The goal of these encryption algorithms is to secure data. The idea is: even if a hacker steals the data, they wouldn’t be able to read it due to the encryption lock.
    • Virus technician: Here, you would stay up to date on the latest viruses found in the wild. Your job would also be to help develop software that would fight or defend against these new viruses.
    • Penetration tester: This is the ultimate security job if you associate Cyber Security with hacking. As a penetration tester, you become a hacker; however, you will be an ethical one who must follow strict rules governed by the agreements your company has with a client company. Every action you execute will be documented. Companies hire penetration testers because they want to make sure malicious hackers cannot exploit their networks.

Hard vs. Soft Skills:

For the positions above, as well as other technical cyber security jobs, you’re going to require a certain set of skills before being hired. These can be divided into hard and soft skills.

Hard skills are technical skills. For example, if you’re a programmer, you might use C++ as a software engineer. If you’re a web developer, you may already know how to defend against SQL injections, which will come in handy as a Cyber Security developer. If you’re a software engineer, you will already know how to mitigate weaknesses in software, which you’ll use as a security engineer.

Soft skills are typically intangible and difficult to quantify. For example, the ability to communicate technical topics to a non-technical person is an important soft skill. Others include the ability to work as part of a team and having a positive work ethic and attitude.

  1. Category: Having basic knowledge of Computer Science
    • Network administrator: As part of your duties in this role, you’ll secure the company network by providing access to only those who need it. You’ll also gain first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of a company’s network topology, which will come in handy once you obtain more complex Cyber Security positions.
    • SOC analyst: As a security operations center analyst, you’ll work in a 24/7 unit and report on cyber incidents that threaten different areas of the government. You’ll also conduct vulnerability analysis and make recommendations to mitigate cyber threats.
    • Cyber policy analyst: Here, you’ll develop strategies, procedures, and requirements for the government and public and private companies. You’ll also assist in the implementation of these policies for clients of your company.
    • Vulnerability analyst: As a vulnerability analyst, you’ll use security tools—such as Nessus—to find critical flaws in networks, applications, and systems. You’ll also need to stay on top of the latest types of malware and any new vulnerability that are discovered. If identified, you’ll work to mitigate their possible impact on company assets such as the network.

Hard vs. Soft Skills:

If you have fewer technical hard skills then also you can still find certain hard skills depending on what type of job you’re looking for. For example, if you want to be a cyber security technical writer, you may already have great written communication skills.

Your soft skills will be the same or similar as if you had a technical background. Namely, you might have great problem-solving or interpersonal skills.

Final Thoughts:

If these jobs create excitement for you and hence, if this is a path you are interested in pursuing then you have a better option at MU in the form of 2 years (4 Semesters) MSc course in Cyber Security.

This course is designed with the help of Industry Experts to bring in the persistent requirements of organisations for cyber security.

MU also arranges summer training programs, MOOC Personal Interview and professional internships for their students which contribute to their overall development so that when they graduate, they are completely ready for the outside world.

Blog By;

Dr. Sunil Bajeja

Head, Faculty of Computer Applications,

Marwadi University