How to Build a Career in Cybersecurity

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A lot of individuals are at a crossroads in their careers because of COVID-19. It can be daunting, trying to figure out "what's next" in this current economic climate. A lot of people are asking which jobs are disaster-proof at a time like this. Well, right now, careers in cybersecurity are in high demand!

Scammers and other bad characters are online and on the prowl, and businesses are increasing their cybersecurity and on the hunt for cybersecurity professionals who can help keep their networks and data safe. So, if you haven't considered a career in cybersecurity, now might be the time!

Soft Skills Needed for a Job in Cybersecurity

Obviously, there are a lot of technical skills needed for a job in cybersecurity, but there are also some soft skills that employers look for and deem valuable as well in the industry. Even a more technically qualified candidate can be passed over if they don't have particular soft skills. These soft skills that are desired in cybersecurity typically include:

  1. Communication: Communication skills are key in cybersecurity. You must know how to effectively communicate with superiors, coworkers, and clients. This includes the ability to patiently simplify jargon for clients who may not understand cybersecurity terminology. A clean resume and well-articulated answers to interview questions can usually reveal your ability to communicate well (or not).
  2. Ability to Work in a Team: Cybersecurity isn't usually a one-person show. It typically includes working with other coworkers to problem solve and work together to implement solutions. If you're considering a career in cybersecurity, you'll want to be able to prove your ability to work within teams.
  3. Planning Abilities: Organized individuals and who can lay out plans and stick to them rise above the rest of candidates. Proving that you can prioritize projects and efficiently complete tasks on time is huge when it comes to employers. They want to have confidence in your abilities and rest assured that you will contribute to smooth operations.

As you build out your CV or resume, take these skills into account and make sure they are recognizable to employers as they review what you provide.

Get Certified in Security

Security is in high demand right now, as we stated earlier- particularly cybersecurity. Knowing this, you'll want to dig into security certifications that would contribute to your resume and give you a leg up in getting hired by employers.

Chew on this stat: In 2016, there was 0% unemployment in the cybersecurity industry, and over a million jobs were unfilled. Your odds of getting a job in cybersecurity are very high if you have the right credentials.

Here are security certifications you should look into getting:

CompTIA Security+:

Other than your basic familiarity with network security, CompTIA Security+ doesn't require much as far as prerequisites. CompTIA A+ and Network+ are helpful preparation for you, but they aren't required to take CompTIA Security+. For certification in CompTIA Security+, you'll receive a broad training on identifying security vulnerabilities and threats, as well as how to manage certificates, troubleshoot incidents, and more.

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium:

Also known as (ISC)2, this sponsors a few different certifications, including:

  1. Basic Certified Authorization Professional: Teaches you how to conduct risk assessments and to establish security processes and documentation.
  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional Distinction: The first of its kind accredited under the ANSI ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2003.
  3. Information Systems Security Architecture Professional: A certification for chief security architects and analysts.
  4. Information Systems Security Engineering Professional: This was developed in conjunction with the U.S. National Security Agency.

Microsoft Windows Server:

Networking and security in Windows Server is one of the basics to learn if you want to be a cybersecurity professional. The Microsoft ecosystem is vast, and you'll want to make sure that you understand it in order to protect clients or the company that employs you. This is a definite must-have certification.

Cisco:

There are a number of Cisco networking, routing, and security certifications that you'll want as a cybersecurity professional. Cisco is known for its large footprint in modern IT infrastructures, so you'll want to have knowledge of its products and services under your belt.

Employers are always impressed when they see a lot of certifications on resumes and CVs, which means if you want to impress then you'll want to get started on those! Take a look at the certifications we offer online and begin your journey to becoming a cybersecurity professional.