A Great Time to Start a Career in Cybersecurity
- May 20, 2016
- Posted by: iNurture
- Category: Blogs
With almost all corporations, government organizations, civic bodies, banks and other financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, etc., having an online presence, conducting business and transactions over the Internet, storing valuable data on the cloud, etc., cyber security has become a much talked about field. With more and more crucial data being stored online, the need to protect this data from outside sources has obviously increased. That is why there is such an awareness and demand for cyber security and cyber security professionals.
This is a new field with only a few training courses being conducted, with most of the training being done in house in various organizations. For this reason, there is a large gap between the number of cyber security professionals that are wanted and the number that is actually available to fulfill that requirement. This is why, whether you are already firmly entrenched in the IT field or if you are looking to enter the IT field, cyber security is a great career to consider. Not only is it intellectually challenging and creatively fulfilling, but it is also lucrative and has a very secure and safe future, which should appeal to a lot of people in today’s economic scenario.
Reasons behind the Demand
The fact that there was more than 40% increase in the frequency of data hacking or data breaching in companies in the US, points to the fact that there was not enough cyber security measures put into place, this in turn being because there are not enough cyber security professionals to fill in those positions. This is not a statistic that is unique to the US alone. Almost every country in the world is potentially at risk for breaches in the cyber security of their companies and organizations. With this awareness spreading across the globe, companies and organizations are on the lookout for talented cyber security professionals. There is a huge demand for such professionals especially in the government, military, aerospace, and related sectors. Several different statistics show that there is an average of 20,000 to 40,000 shortages of professionals to fill in cyber security job vacancies! What better time than now to jump start your career in this very promising field that is poised to grow even more with time? After all, the Internet is here to stay and as long as is there, there will always be a requirement for cyber security professionals!
How and Where To Start
There are different ways in which to get into a career in cyber security, depending on where you are right now.
- If you are still in high school, you could consider getting a bachelor’s degree in computer science first and then go on to do specialized courses in cyber security. Nowadays, computer science degrees also offer specializations in cyber security, so it would be worthwhile to find a college that offers this.
- If you already have a bachelor’s degree, there are postgraduate degrees in cyber security that are offered by select colleges.
- If you are already an IT professional with no qualifications in cyber security, then the way to go forward would be to get specialized certifications in this field. This would be certificates such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or a Certified Network Security Professional, or even a Certified Ethical Hacker.
- There are some courses that are available online from reputed institutes, which could be looked into if you are not in a position to enroll for a full-time course.
- For those who already have some years of experience and a computer science educational background, they could look for internships in companies that have a robust department of cyber security. This will not only give them good hands-on training combined with theoretical knowledge, but also give them valuable connections and networks which can help them get a strong foothold in the industry.
While the job profiles for entry-level positions could be that of a junior level cyber security professional, you could go on to become a manager at the mid level and later the chief information security officer or chief information officer of an entire organization or company. Another career path is to branch out on your own and offer your services as a cyber security consultant to various companies.
Whatever path you choose, you can be sure of having a career that will be 100% secure from the economic ups and downs that befall other careers. Not to mention one that is incredibly satisfying and rewarding financially!