With data breaches becoming a critical problem for a growing number of businesses across a wide range of industries, the demand for highly skilled cyber security professionals is on the rise. Since the pandemic, many businesses move online and become more technologically advanced, the issue of information security is only set to increase in priority and those individuals with the right cyber security qualifications and skills are set to succeed.
The career path into cyber security is not fully clear, however graduates typically have two primary routes into cyber security.
Via Resource has set up a group on LinkedIn called ‘Cyber Launchpad’ where we connect graduates or new entries to cyber security with Hiring Managers completely free of charge. You will also see regular advice and guidance on Cyber Launchpad that you may find useful.
In addition, organisations are open to bringing new candidates from different sectors, as a varied job experience gives diverse skill set that can make you valuable to an employer — especially in industries where your co-workers have a narrow area of expertise. A broad work experience can benefit you and helps you evaluate a potential workplace with a keener eye.
Another option to break into the industry is to consider a cyber security apprenticeship – an ideal mix of on and off-the-job learning, resulting in a qualification and masses of industry experience.
Certifications are key, to progressing your career and remaining up to date with the latest technologies. Where qualifications also teach you the value of your expertise and build communication skills – crucial if you consider moving from a technical to a managerial role.
There are several well-regarded certifications that you should be aiming for as a cyber-security professional:
People skills and the ability to communicate are key within cyber security. Where knowledge of the commercial aspects of the job and of the wider picture outside of IT is advantageous. These skills can be taught through certifications, but most valuable through job training in an organisation.