Networking as a cyber security candidate

Networking as a cyber security candidate

Active networking is vital to career growth, helping build long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist, and who can potentially help you in return. However, the reality is that it doesn’t come naturally to many people.

A good rule of thumb is to plan and have a few relevant points of discussion in mind if you know you’re going to be in a situation where you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people. These conversation points – can be about what you do, your hobbies, or the event you may be at. The idea is to get the conversation flowing and leave room for future meetups and discussions. Plus, don’t forget to bring business cards so you can swap details easily.

Benefits of networking:

1. Advance your career in Cyber Security

Being visible and getting noticed is a benefit of networking that’s essential in career building. Regularly attending professional and social events will help to get your face known. You can then help to build your reputation as being knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive by offering useful information or tips to people who need them.

2. Get career advice and support

Gaining the advice of experienced peers is an important benefit of networking. Discussing common challenges and opportunities opens the door to valuable suggestions and guidance. Offering genuine assistance to your contacts also sets a strong foundation for receiving support in return when you need it.

3. Find a job you love

Professional networking and expanding your contacts can create new opportunities for business, career advancement, personal growth, or simply new knowledge. You never know who might be hiring for your ideal job in Cyber Security, or know someone who is, and the more people you have in your network, the more likely you are to be the first to know when those big job opportunities pop up.

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4. Strengthen business connections

Networking is about sharing, not taking. It is about forming trust and helping others toward their goals. Regularly engaging with your contacts and finding opportunities to assist them helps to strengthen the relationship. By doing this, you plant the seeds for mutual assistance when you need help to achieve your goals.

5. Get fresh ideas

Your network can be an excellent source of new perspectives and ideas to help you in your Cyber Security role. Exchanging information on challenges, experiences and goals is a key benefit of networking because it allows you to gain new insights that you may not have otherwise thought of. Similarly, offering helpful ideas to a contact is an excellent way to build your reputation as an innovative thinker.

6. Gain a different perspective

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of your professional realm. By talking to others within Cyber Security or people with expertise in a particular area, you can gain insights that only come from viewing a situation with fresh eyes. Asking for opinions from contacts can help you see things in a new light and overcome roadblocks that you might not have known how to circumvent otherwise.

Do and don'ts of networking:

Do:

    • Think about the right people to network with – and understand when a contact might not be mutually beneficial.
    • Consider both short- and long-term career plans when meeting people.
    • Buddy up with a friend or colleague when getting started.
    • Look into networking courses if you’d like extra help.
    • Attend networking events in your sector and industry.
    • Listen as well as talk and ask questions.
    • Follow up with new contacts by email or on social media after the event.
    • Ask for help only when it’s needed and be prepared to offer help when it’s asked of you.
    • Always thank someone who’s offered you support and keep them updated on your progress.

Don't:

    • Only build contacts for short-term help.
    • Invest your time in contacts who are only out for themselves.
    • Break confidences or divulge sensitive information.
    • Neglect your network.
    • Break contact once someone has given help.

Do recruiters and employers spend only 6 seconds reading your CV?

Do recruiters and employers spend only 6 seconds reading your CV?

You have probably heard that hiring managers and recruiters spend only a few seconds scanning your CV. Where the industry research by TheLadders states that on average recruiters spend 6-8 seconds looking at your CV before they decide whether you are suitable for a vacancy or not. However, our consultants at Via Resource state that this fact is untrue.

Sam Finn, Director at Via Resource states, “Every role is different, so it’s impossible to gauge how long a particular company or recruiter will spend on your resume. Your CV does need to stand out from the crowd, as it must survive the initial scan for the suitability, whether that’s six seconds or six minutes.”

Three most important areas employers look for when scanning your CV

    1. Formatting – this helps to determine how well you’ve organised the information and if it is easy to read allows the employer to find the information they want promptly.
    2. Relevant work history – this is one of the most important elements to feature, as it determines how long you’ve worked in your current company and understands the responsibilities you fulfil in that role, with also identify if you’re a senior or entry-level applicant.
    3. Educational background & certificates – within Cyber Security it is important to have the relevant certifications to determine whether you qualify for the position.

James Spear Director at Via Resource comments on the recruitment process for each candidate, “When sourcing candidates for a specific role, any candidates that apply for the role we would read their CV and give them a call. This is to get a better understanding of what they currently do, what they are looking for and how to manage their expectations. If they are not right for the role they applied for we would refer them to other roles that fit their requirements.”

If you would like to discuss opportunities available in the Information and Cyber Security industry, please register with Via Resource today where a consultant will contact you to understand your requirements. 

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What certifications do you need as a modern day cyber and information security professional?

What certifications do you need as a modern day cyber and information security professional?

​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.

Graduate entry into cyber security

The career path into cyber security is not fully clear, however graduates typically have two primary routes into cyber security.

    1. Starting in a junior role to build hands-on experience will be an opportunity to build cyber expertise and understand where you fit into the business.
    2. Develop your technical skills through education by undertaking a Master’s degree to gain greater awareness of the cyber security landscape.

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.

Industries

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.

Cyber security apprenticeships

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.

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Certifications for a career in cyber security

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:

    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) – the SSCP is great for professionals just starting in cyber security, this qualification only requires one year’s experience and provides the perfect opportunity for individuals to prove their technical skills and security knowledge.
    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – the CEH is a popular entry-level cyber security certification that introduces you to the hacking tools and techniques used by real cyber criminals. By familiarising yourself with how hackers think, you’ll be better at fixing vulnerabilities and flaws you might otherwise miss.
    • Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) – CISMP is widely regarded as the ‘qualification of choice’ for IT professionals, and is recognised across the UK as an essential first rung on the ladder to a successful career in information security.
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    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – the CISSP is among the most sought-after certifications in security. Achieving the CISSP certification is a career highlight and is aimed at the top-tier cyber security professionals.

People skills

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.

Sales and Marketing Salary Guide US and EMEA

Sales and Marketing salary guide US and EMEA 2022

How much should you be paying for a Sales and Marketing professional?

In our latest US and EMEA salary guide, we analyse salary data from multiple data sources overlaid with live market information from our own database and advertised job data.

Our salary bandings are constructed as a guide for the US and EMEA marketplace and are only region specific for the US (East Coast, Central States and West Coast). Living costs, travel expenses and commission have not been taken into consideration for each role. If you require data that aligns to your specific requirements (Region, Technology, Clearance level), please let us know.

Torquil Macleod, Founder and Director of Via Resource comments:

“Our report is the perfect US and EMEA salary benchmarking tools for both employers looking to attract the best employees and workers looking for a new job. We have included the most common sales and marketing job titles and want to ensure clients and candidates receive the best experience possible with quality support, advice and guidance.”

Via Resource salary guide covers the following job roles:

    • Major Account Manager
    • Enterprise Account Manager
    • Territory/Regional Sales Manager
    • Commercial Account Manager
    • Channel Account Manager
    • Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)
    • Vice President of Sales
    • Vice President of Channel Sales
    • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
    • Marketing Director
    • Demand Generation Director
    • Field/Channel Marketing Manager
    • Channel Marketing Director

Six ways for getting the most out of your recruiter relationship

Six ways for getting the most out of your recruiter relationship

Using a dedicated recruiter at Via Resource for your next career move can provide several benefits in helping you land the role you want. A recruiter can steer you in the right direction if you are unsure of where you see yourself, plus open you up to new roles you may not have considered, which are aligned with your skills and career goals, whilst guiding you to be more selective in the jobs or companies you apply for with having connections in the top FTSE firms.

1. Quicker responses

When applying for a job directly through the hiring company’s website, it can sometimes take weeks before you get a response, which can be frustrating when you’re actively pursuing a new job opportunity. However, when you apply for a job through a recruiter, the turnaround times are often much quicker, where you’ll hear back from them within a few days and progress to the first interview stage quicker. Ultimately, working with a recruiter means you’re more likely to get started with a new job sooner.

2. Recruiter’s knowledge

Our consultants at Via Resource have extensive experience in the Information and Cyber Security market in several different sectors, and this knowledge can be invaluable to you. Our access to a range of clients and sectors gives us a unique insight into the landscape of the jobs market – so make sure you ask questions.

3. Be upfront

It’s not always easy to give recruiters and companies the full picture of who you are. When speaking to your recruiter provide a more in-depth career history, including the reasons for leaving previous roles, your job search so far, and what you earned in previous roles – all help us to build up a bigger picture of you as a professional.

When we know the full picture, we can use this information to your advantage, speeding up the process of securing your dream role!

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4. Selling your story

The length and complexity of the job application process can vary from employer to employer, where most of the time you’re only given the option to submit your CV and covering letter, which creates less work for you. But the downside to this, it is hard to effectively convey who you are, the experience and skills you’ll bring, and how to bring value to that employer. Where a recruiter will bring your CV and cover letter to life by explaining why your background and skillset are suitable and pitch you as a great candidate for the job. In other words, they’ll sell you to the employer.

5. Support

Job hunting can feel like an isolated experience, but with the help of a recruiter, you won’t be alone. Once they’ve recommended you as a suitable candidate and the employer decides they’d like to meet you, our recruiters go the extra mile during the next steps in the process. By coaching you through the interview stages, specifying what kind of questions will be asked, suggesting how you can best prepare, giving you details about who you’ll be interviewing with and giving you feedback after the interview. They can also suggest improvements for your CV which helps boost your chances of success with future job applications.

6. Ask for help

Let’s not pretend that getting you that new job isn’t going to benefit us as well. Building a relationship and working together for our common goal is a powerful tool in your job search!

With vast experience in placing candidates, our consultants know how the recruitment process works. At Via Resource, we always provide coaching and advice for your application. Where we showcase your talent and skills to prospective employers. Presenting the best version of yourself makes the application process run smoother and is the key to you securing the opportunity you want.

We’re here to support the next step in your career. As one of the first to specialise in Information and Cyber Security Recruitment in the UK, US and Europe, our experienced consultants will work closely with you to understand your experience and skillset, then use their specialist knowledge to match you with suitable roles. We have numerous contract and permanent job opportunities available to apply here.

Webinar: Cyber Corner Is It Time For Change In The Information And Cyber Security Industry

Webinar: Cyber Corner Is it Time for Change in the Information and Cyber Security Industry

In our first webinar Steve Arnold, Senior Consultant at Via Resource and Jay Jay Davey, SOC Lead at Cyberclan, spoke about ways in which the industry can change, what is needed to implement these changes, ways in which to progress through the industry without the need for certifications and how you can use Cyber Launchpad and Cyber Mentor Dojo to get your feet on the ladder and launch your career within Cyber Security (or alternatively if you are a hiring manager, find entry-level talent/graduates). 

 

Overview of topics that was discussed: 

    • Areas that are needed to be changed within Cyber 
    • How we can go about these changes 
    • How Cyber Launchpad and Cyber Mentor Dojo can help 
    • The organic journey through Cyber Security without chasing certifications 
    • How people can transition from other areas of IT into Cyber Security

About Steve Arnold, Senior Consultant at Via Resource

Steve joined the Via Resource team in 2021, having spent the last 4 years working solely in the Information/Cyber Security sector recruiting roles such as Information Security Manager, Security Architect, Security Engineers and Security Analysts.

Steve solely focuses on Operational Security positions for Via Resource and has experience managing the end-to-end recruitment process for organisations nationwide with roles ranging from entry-level to C-Suite.

As well as this Steve gained a National Diploma Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 in Recruitment and is CertRP certified.

About Jay Jay Davey, SOC Lead at Cyberclan

Jay Jay makes Security Operations work for businesses; ultimately, technical security goals are driven by risk management. Therefore, helping provide tangible and cost-effective ways to manage technical risk and help protect the value of your business.

Jay Jay has worked with most modern technological security solutions, including but not limited to EDR, SIEM, DLP, Vulnerability scanners, and more. His expertise in this area help manage technical risk, bring visibility and provide metrics for assurance that your technical security is delivering on promises. In addition, working closely with threat intelligence to help build context to alerts and investigations.

Jay Jay has an open perception of problems and understand that not all problems can be solved with flashy solutions or money but requires careful analysis of process output, procedure outcomes, other metrics, and evidence that could highlight an issue that impacts the business. Opinions are of his own and not the views of his employer.

 

Information and Cyber Security Salary Guide Across the US 2022

Information And Cyber Security Salary Guide Across the US 2022

How much should you be paying for a Cyber & Information Security professional?

Download Information and Cyber Security US Salary Guide now

In our latest US salary guide, we analyse salary data from multiple data sources overlaid with live market information from our own database and advertised job data.

Our salary bandings are constructed as a guide for the US marketplace and are specific to East Coast, Central States and West Coast regions. Living costs and travel expenses have to be taken into consideration for each role. If you require data that aligns to your specific requirements (Region, Technology, Clearance level), please let us know.

Download Information and Cyber Security US Salary Guide now

Torquil Macleod, Founder and Director of Via Resource comments:

“Our report is the perfect US salary benchmarking tools for both employers looking to attract the best employees and workers looking for a new job. We have included ten of the most common cyber security job titles and want to ensure clients and candidates receive the best experience possible with quality support, advice and guidance.”

Download Information and Cyber Security US Salary Guide now

Via Resource UK salary guide covers the following job roles:

    • Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC)
    • Information Security Management
    • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
    • Security Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst
    • Security Engineering
    • Security Architecture
    • Cloud Security
    • Application Security
    • DevSecOps
    • Penetration Tester

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A new webinar series – Cyber Corner: Is It Time for Change?

A new webinar series – Cyber Corner: Is It Time for Change?

Via Resource are releasing a new webinar series, called Cyber Corner, where they gather industry experts in the Information and Cyber Security market. These 60-minute webinars are an opportunity to gain new industry knowledge, explore niche topics, debate current issues and address less talked topics. These topics cover a diverse range of disciplines including the full breadth of Information and Cyber Security but not limited to; Governance, Risk & Compliance, Security Engineering, Security Architecture, Penetration Testing, Cloud Security, Application Security, Security Operations & SOC, Data Protection & Privacy and many more related areas. 

Cyber Corner webinars provide the chance to work towards professional and personal development goals. As well as supporting individuals to ensure knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date.

Each webinar will feature:

    • Expert knowledge from industry professionals
    • Opportunities to meet other like-minded individuals
    • A chance to join the conversation with a live Q&A
    • Webinars are 30 minutes with 30 minutes Q&A

The first Cyber Corner webinar discusses if it is time for change? Hosted by Steve Arnold, Senior Consultant at Via Resource and joined with Jay Jay Davey, SOC Lead at Cyberclan. Where they will be talking about ways in which the industry can change, what is needed to implement these changes, ways in which to progress through the industry without the need for certifications and how you can use Cyber Launchpad and Cyber Mentor Dojo to get your feet on the ladder and launch your career within Cyber Security (or alternatively if you are a hiring manager, find entry-level talent/graduates).

Overview of topics that will be discussed:

    • Areas that are needed to be changed within Cyber
    • How we can go about these changes
    • Government legislation about certifications
    • How Cyber Launchpad and Cyber Mentor Dojo can help
    • The organic journey through Cyber Security without chasing certifications
    • How people can transition from other areas of IT into Cyber Security

The free webinar is launching on Wednesday 16th March 2022 from 12pm till 1pm, and available to register here: https://bit.ly/3HWXowD 

Sign up now for the free webinar

 Information and Cyber Security UK Salary Guide 2022

 Information and Cyber Security UK Salary Guide 2022

How much should you be paying for a Cyber & Information Security professional?

Download Information and Cyber Security Salary Guide now

In our latest UK salary guide, we analyse salary data from multiple data sources overlaid with live market information from our own database and advertised job data.

Our salary bandings are constructed as a guide for the UK marketplace and are not region specific. Living costs and travel expenses will have to be taken into consideration for each role. If you require data that aligns to your specific requirements (Region, Technology, Clearance level), please let us know.

Download Information and Cyber Security Salary Guide now

Torquil Macleod, Founder and Director of Via Resource comments:

“Our report is the perfect UK salary benchmarking tools for both employers looking to attract the best employees and workers looking for a new job. We have included ten of the most common cyber security job titles and want to ensure clients and candidates receive the best experience possible with quality support, advice and guidance.”

Download Information and Cyber Security Salary Guide now

Via Resource UK salary guide covers the following job roles:

    • Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC)
    • Information Security Management
    • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
    • Security Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst
    • Security Engineering
    • Security Architecture
    • Cloud Security
    • Application Security
    • DevSecOps
    • Penetration Tester

Download Information and Cyber Security Salary Guide now

Five cyber security trends for 2022

Five cyber security trends for 2022

With cybercriminals showing no signs of slowing down in their efforts to breach the networks of all kinds of businesses, 2022 is bound to be another eventful and challenging year from a security perspective. With that in mind, here are five key trends that are set to dominate the cyber security space in 2022.

1. Increase in ransomware

The ransomware threat has grown significantly throughout the past decade, and it will continue its upward trend. The business of ransomware is simply too lucrative unless international governments and technology innovations can fundamentally alter the attacker cost-benefit calculation.

Ransomware will get worse and worse, as ransomware attacks will become more targeted and highly prominent, making it harder for organisations to defend their networks and systems against these attacks. In addition, ransomware operators will also use more modern and sophisticated methods of extortion that will resemble nation-state advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks.

However, some disagree with this including Mikko Hypponen, where they believe ransomware operators will lie low in 2022 to spend the money they gained in the previous year and to avoid nation-state and law enforcement detection.

2. Cyber Insurance difficulties

Organisations looking to buy cyber insurance protection face an unpredictable environment shaped by low prices for protection and high levels of risk sustained by insurers. Cyber risks will persist and evolve, and companies will need to manage that risk, including securing insurance protection.

Where in 2022, cyber-insurance premiums are rising due to costs of cyber breaches and ransomware but covering less as insurers want to reduce their exposure by adapting a changing landscape of cybersecurity breaches.

Another shift in the landscape is the increasing difficulty in finding ways to offset the risk of a cyber intrusion through insurance. While cyber insurance continues to be a lucrative industry, every claim category has increased in the past year. Cases of malicious breaches and unintentional disclosure, which account for tens of thousands of claims, each increased by 18% year over year, according to data from insurance-market analysis firm Advisen. By far, the greatest change has occurred in cyber extortion, ransomware, which jumped by nearly 150% in a year.

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3. Cybersecure workspace

Coworking spaces are so commonplace nowadays, being in a shared environment means it’s important to know the potential data security risks involved and understand how to overcome them. ESET research found that 80% of businesses are confident employees have the knowledge and technology needed to handle cyberthreats. However, in the same study, 73% admitted they are likely to be impacted by a cybersecurity incident through shared spaces.

Few security measures that can be implemented

    1. Update the operating system, web browsers and other apps
    2. Disable automatic connections to WiFi networks
    3. Use the public network configuration when connecting to the coworking network – this setting disables file and folder sharing
    4. Use firewalls, network activity monitors and anti-virus software
    5. Create strong passwords and change them regularly – enable two-step authentication on business-critical accounts
    6. Don’t leave devices and notes unattended
    7. Adding encryption to the browsing with throw hackers off from virtual private networks (VPN).

4. IOT Security

The huge growth in the number of devices connected to the internet inevitably means there is an ever-increasing number of ways our technology can be hacked or exploited. The number and size of cyber-attacks are increasing every year – Kaspersky say there were 1.5 billion attacks against IoT devices during the first half of 2021, it’s certain this trend will accelerate. IoT devices provide access points to personal networks because they are not as secure as devices that are traditionally used to store sensitive data, such as computers or smartphones.

Things are starting to change, with signs that manufacturers are improving when it comes to shipping devices with default passwords, and consumers are developing a better understanding of the risks. Common attacks involve attempting denial-of-service (DDOS) by overloading systems with connection requests, causing them to break and possibly expose data, or “hijacking” compute power from devices, which can be used to create botnets that attack other systems, or simply to mine cryptocurrencies. IoT isn’t just a security threat, though – by gathering data on network traffic and usage, connected devices provide fuel for algorithms that are used to predict and prevent cyber attacks.

5. Busy Job Market

According to Madden an incredible 39% of businesses in the UK experienced cyber attacks within the last year. This is due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies in the UK are going digital and need information security experts to help protect their data. As a result, the local demand for cyber security specialists is sky high. However, there is far more demand than supply when it comes to cyber security professionals.

In addition, due to the continued growth of ransomware, data breaches, and other cyberattacks businesses find it increasingly difficult to protect their networks and data. Therefore, an increase in number of roles within Information and Cyber Security.