How to Build a Successful Career in Cyber Security



As businesses globally report a shortage of cyber security professionals; the demand for them has increased exponentially. This is a market where job seekers have the upper hand as companies are looking for fresh and skilled cyber talent.

Here we’ve compiled a list of useful tips on how to forge a successful career in Cyber security.

Create a strong LinkedIn profile

Got a resume? Get rid of it. Your LinkedIn profile is your 2016 resume. And it shouldn’t say you are looking for a job, even if you are. It should tell people that you are a cybersecurity expert and one of the best at what you do, period. Your credentials, certifications, employment history, education, and other, are better off as a bio – not a resume telling (or asking) employers to hire you, recommends CSO.

Get certified

Earning a security credential can help you open the door to a great job. But you need to know which certification is the right one for you. Check out a list of certifications here.

Build your Network

Make friends in the security industry. Do this on twitter. Do not use Twitter as a news feed. Respond to security people and get into the conversations. The worst thing that happens is that they ignore you. Go to conferences, and don’t just stand in the back of the room like you are at a middle school dance. Introduce yourself to people, talk before the sessions start, make yourself a part of the community. You’ll benefit greatly from the relationships you establish with real security people.

Choose your area

Navigate your way through the job roles in cybersecurity by checking the framework below.


You can explore the framework here by clicking on the graphics to the right side of the page:  National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)

Learn to analyze data

Cybersecurity pros are masters at finding needles in haystacks. They need to deal with huge volumes of data gathered by security devices and find anomalies that indicate security breaches are occurring.

“One area where we see a skill gap is in general log monitoring,” Sartin says. “Everyone seems to have someone who is responsible for monitoring logs, but these people don’t have enough experience. They look at endless amounts of data, and they don’t find the evidence of the SQL injection,” which is the most common type of security breach.

IT professionals need to brush up on their ability to analyze log monitoring data and find important trends, suggests Carolyn Duffy Marsan.


To see our list of the latest vacancies in Cyber security, click here.


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