Week 4: The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cyber Security
The nation faces a looming crisis resulting from the shortage of cyber security professionals to protect our extensive networks. Growing a skilled work force is a critical starting point to building stronger defenses.
We are encouraging students and professionals to explore cybersecurity as a viable and rewarding profession. Below are some points about why a career in cybersecurity might be a good choice and how to get started.
Are there jobs in cybersecurity?
Yes, and the demand is greater than the supply. According to Cyber Seek, a project supported by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the current U.S. shortage is around 300,000 cybersecurity jobs. Studies estimate that number increasing to between one to two million jobs by 2022.
What are some cybersecurity jobs?
- Analyst. One of the most common jobs in cybersecurity is analysis, where you analyze security data, assess risk and provide advice about securing systems. If you like figuring out problems and researching solutions, this job is for you.
- Engineer. Another common job is engineering, where you design and build security solutions for systems and networks. If you enjoy building things and working on projects where you get to see your work come to life in a finished product, this job is for you.
- Coder. Software coding has been a standard technology job for many years, now requiring people who can design and build security software, like anti-malware, as well as securely build normal software to prevent bugs and vulnerabilities. If you like solving logic problems, check out these jobs
- Pen Tester. Penetration testing is the term for attempting to break software or a system to find and fix weaknesses. If you like taking things apart to see how they work and rebuilding them, look into this job
- Investigator. Digital forensics is growing along with the increase in cybercrime, requiring investigators who can gather and analyze evidence to solve crimes. If you like solving mysteries, this job is for you
- Incident Responder. Organizations with requirements for strong security, like the military, often have people who actively monitor and fight attacks on their systems. If you like challenges where you compete against others to think two steps ahead, this job is for you
How to get started?
- Certify – certification is key to getting that first cybersecurity job. Look at CompTIA’s Security+, GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF), (ISC)2’s Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) as starting certifications
- Join – the US military is constantly training new cyber warriors, and this can be a great way to get started in a cybersecurity career
to view a video provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) geared towards recruiting dynamic and cutting edge professionals to protect the nation's cyberspace.