Are you ready to join the front lines in the battle against cyber threats? A career in cyber security is all about safeguarding computer systems, networks, and devices from malicious attacks, theft, and damage. Imagine being the protector of sensitive information like financial data and personal details, ensuring it stays out of the hands of unauthorised parties. If this sounds like the challenge you’ve been looking for, a career in cybersecurity may be the perfect fit for you.
However if you are not currently working in cyber security but are interested in breaking into the industry, where is the best place to start?
Cyber Security Roles
Cyber security is a diverse field with numerous roles to choose from. The specific job duties may vary depending on the employer and position, but here are a few common examples to give you an idea of the scope of opportunities available:
- Security Analyst: A security analyst is responsible for monitoring and analysing an organisation’s computer systems and networks for security threats, such as viruses, malware, and unauthorised access. They may also be responsible for implementing security measures, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems, to protect against these threats.
- Network Security Engineer: A network security engineer is responsible for designing and maintaining an organisation’s network security infrastructure. This can include configuring and managing firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and other security systems to protect against cyber attacks.
- Information Security Manager: An information security manager is responsible for developing and implementing an organisation’s information security strategy. This can include creating policies and procedures to protect sensitive data, training employees on security best practices, and managing a team of security professionals.
- Cyber Security Consultant: A cybersecurity consultant is an expert who provides advice and assistance to organisations on how to improve their cybersecurity posture. This can include conducting security assessments, making recommendations for security improvements, and helping organisations to implement those recommendations.
- Penetration Tester: A penetration tester, also known as an ethical hacker, is responsible for testing an organisation’s systems and networks to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious hackers. They do this by simulating a cyber attack and then reporting back to the organisation on what they were able to find.
Transferable skills and experience can open cyber doors
As with any position in any industry, securing a role is very much dependent on your attitude, your level of education and experience, plus the specific role you are seeking, and the job market in your area.
Cyber security is a growing and fast moving industry, and skill sets are very much in demand. If you are just starting out, or looking to switch sectors, generally it is easier to get a job in cyber security if you have a degree in a related field, such as computer science or information technology, and/or have practical experience. However, having strong transferable skills, in particular problem-solving and attention to detail, along with the desire to learn and undertake training, can also stand you in good stead.
If you’re currently working in an IT-related role and looking for a new challenge, now may be the perfect time to consider a career in cyber security. Due to the global shortage of qualified cyber security specialists, the industry needs to more than double its current workforce. This means that those with the right skills and aptitude can expect good job security, higher salaries, and improved career prospects.
IT professionals already have a leg up in this field as they likely possess many of the basic skills and knowledge needed for cyber security roles, such as understanding network infrastructure and operating systems, coding skills, and experience with web and cloud environments. Additionally, they may have dealt with the aftermath of security breaches in their current roles.
Working for a MSSP provides a solid foundation in cyber security
You’ve made the decision to start a career in cyber security and want to maximise your on-the-job training and personal development. Now you just need to figure out where to get it.
Working for a managed security service provider (MSSP) such as Infosec Partners can provide a really good grounding if you are starting out or looking to switch to a career in the cyber security sector.
Here’s the top 10 reasons why working for an MSSP is the way to go:
- Variety of projects: Working for an MSSP allows you to work on a variety of projects for different clients, providing a diverse range of experiences and challenges.
- Opportunity to learn: MSSPs often work with a wide range of clients, sectors and technologies, providing opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge and skills.
- Collaborative work environment: MSSPs typically have teams of security professionals working together, providing opportunities to collaborate and learn from your colleagues.
- Specialisation: Many MSSPs focus on specific areas of security or work with key partners, allowing you to specialise in a particular area of interest.
- Client-facing experience: Many MSSPs work directly with clients, providing the opportunity to develop your communication and customer service skills.
- Support for professional development: Many MSSPs invest in their employees’ professional development, providing opportunities for training, certifications, and other forms of learning to help you advance your career. Gaining certifications can really elevate your career.
- Competitive salary: Working in cybersecurity can be a high-paying field, and many MSSPs offer competitive salaries to attract top talent.
- Potential for career advancement: Many MSSPs offer opportunities for career advancement, allowing you to take on more responsibilities and potentially move up into leadership roles as you gain experience.
- Flexibility: Some MSSPs offer flexible work arrangements, such as the ability to work remotely or part-time, which can be attractive.
- Stay up-to-date on industry trends: Working for an MSSP allows you to stay current on the latest trends and developments in the cybersecurity industry, helping you to stay competitive in the job market.
Overall, working for an MSSP can be a great way to gain experience and build your career in the industry.
As a leading MSSP (and top Fortinet partner) we are always searching for talented individuals to join our team. Current vacancies are listed on our careers page. If you’re just starting out in your cyber security career or looking for a change, then take the first step in your exciting new career by getting in touch for an informal chat about opportunities.