Is Cybersecurity for..
There are many who would like to get into Cybersecurity but find the market full of certifications and technical jargon. They search to find the right certification, the right training organization, and a way to gain the experience needed to pursue a career they desire. Let’s look at several questions and attempt to lift the veil of technical jargon and understand how to get into cybersecurity.
How do I understand the importance of a certification?
Certifications inform employers and cybersecurity experts that you have both the experience and knowledge that the certification covers. Certifications don’t replace experience – they complement experience prerequisites
Working in a different career field or just finished school – how do I get into cybersecurity?
1. First, congratulations on your career path to date – it takes dedication and perseverance to achieve what you have so far. Guess what? The perseverance you have displayed is what it takes to make a career change or pursue a life as a cybersecurity expert
2. Cybersecurity has so many different paths – forensics, malware analysis, vulnerability management, incident response, etc. For certain, there are hundreds of titles for various positions. A good reference is the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework – it identifies those career fields that are fully recognized as the foundation of all other cybersecurity career areas
3. Lastly, what interests you ? Seriously – what really intrigues you? If you like crime scene investigations and getting into the understanding of cybercrime and finding the ‘bad guy’, then Forensics may be your area. The primary key to getting into cybersecurity is finding what you really like to do and understand – promise, there’s a cybersecurity area that deals with what you enjoy. Why can we say that? Because Information Technology (IT) permeates everything we do – cybersecurity protects IT
Are you saying there’s no correct answer? No, we’re saying there’s so many different answers that no answer fits all possibilities
Here’s what you need to do:
- What interests you – not your friends, family, or significant others – just you! Give yourself a Top-3 list
- Look at NIST NICE references or other cybersecurity websites – which cybersecurity career fields match to each of your Top-3
- Research (Google, GreyCampus) these cybersecurity career fields – identify the requirements for your Top-3
- Don’t procrastinate – make a decision and pursue your dream! Cybersecurity is fun, rewarding, and challenging