7 Steps to Start a Cyber-Security Career

Information security professionals are in high demand, but entering the field can be tricky. Follow these tips to build a successful cyber-security career.

1) Experience Is Key

Experts agree that applying InfoSec concepts in a real environment is core to building a successful InfoSec career. “Experience is all-important, so be open to any opportunity in the field that will have you,”

Experience will always come first for InfoSec pros on the job hunt. Experience is often considered more important than certifications in the InfoSec hiring process.

For many aspiring cyber-security specialists, gaining this experience can be difficult. It’s often tough to get a job because many employers want different types of knowledge but how to achieve the background if you do not have the qualifications for an entry-level InfoSec career? It’s a question I struggled with as I was starting my career, so I consulted a recruiter to learn the best ways to practice. The most valuable recommendation? Volunteering.

2) Get Certified

Gaining experience is often an essential step toward earning cyber-security certifications, which are valuable in securing an InfoSec job. Preparing for certification exams requires a lot of learning and dedication but can make a tremendous difference in getting hired.

Top 5 Cyber Security Certifications

CISSP: Information Systems Security Professional
GSEC: Security Essentials
CISM: Information Security Manager
SY0–501: Security+
CISA: Information Systems Auditor

The certification you choose depends on your skills, background, and desired position. Who has worked in tech recruiting for 18 years, recommends professionals with five years of experience pursue the CISSP certification? This is the most common certification listed on job requirements among his clients.

I was studying for the CompTIA Network+ certification but admitted the challenge of lacking the experience to become CISSP certified. Finding work is difficult because not having the CISSP is often a barrier to entry, HR departments often look for those letters and disregard applicants who don’t have them, regardless of their other skills or experience.

3) Build Your InfoSec Network

The first thing you need to do is get out there and meet people — virtually on LinkedIn or Twitter, or in person, To familiarize with industry experts, I joined MeetUp groups, discovered groups for women in tech, and took security workshops. In doing so, I started to get to know the cyber-security community.

Read: 8 Reasons to Consider a Cyber Security Career

There are several benefits to immersing yourself in the InfoSec industry, which has a “powerful community feeling,” You will gain a sense of where you want to focus your security career, receive feedback from seasoned experts, and determine if this is an industry where you genuinely want to be.

4) Practice Professional Development

It’s not enough to acquire the right skills, build enough experience, and earn a certification. InfoSec pros must be able to convey their expertise during the job application process sufficiently.

‘’Anyone that will learn, lab, get certified and then let someone tell them how to fix up their resume and how to will be able to get an excellent job in IT eventually, and information security in particular,’’

5) Master ‘Soft’ Skills

It’s important for InfoSec specialists to build their technical expertise, but it’s equally essential for them to practice “soft skills” that often challenge tech pros. Applicants with a good mixture of social and technical skills are more likely to get multiple job offers.

One of the biggest difficulties in information security is a significant element of the job is to work with others and communicate well, he explained. Because cyber-security spans all areas of an organization, InfoSec pros have to collaborate with people across the company, including executive staff and employees from different IT teams.

Working in a cyber-security division is tough because it’s the team that always says “no,” InfoSec pros must know how to get other employees to understand why something might be a potential threat, even though an explanation may involve more work.

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6) Search With Confidence

There may be a high demand for cyber-security skills, but that doesn’t guarantee you will succeed in your first interview, or your second, or your third. The key to building a career in InfoSec is to remain patient and persistent in sending out applications and demonstrating your value.

7) Do not Settle

It’s exciting to get a job offer, especially in a new field, but carefully consider the nature of the opportunity and the organization before you accept.

how one of the biggest challenges to IT pros is finding an employer where progression is appropriately rewarded.

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