Wanting to start a career in Cybersecurity can leave you with several questions.
As with many careers, there are various routes that can lead into this career. At our Tech Academy, we offer a course in Cybersecurity and career resources to help you turn your interest into a professional career.
If you’re considering working in this field but don’t know which job you’d like to pursue, we have got you covered! Below we list the different roles you can take on in the field of cyber security.
Think outside the box: Cybersecurity Analyst
As a Cyber Analyst, also known as a Cyber Threat Analyst, your main responsibilities are to protect and defend the company from hacking attempts and cyber threats. This involves monitoring networks, creating emergency plans, reviewing suspicious activities, reporting security breaches, and educating the rest of the company on security measures.
Starting this role without a formal technical background is possible as relevant experience can be gained and is directly applicable in the job. After completing training, the exam and earning the CompTIA Security+ certificate, this is the perfect role for people who are creative thinkers and love solving problems.
Plan strategically: Cybersecurity Architect
The Cyber Security Architect has a more strategic approach in their role. They have a deep understanding of computer systems, carry out strategy planning, set direction and make sure the enterprise is prepared from an IT security perspective.
As a more senior role, the Cybersecurity Architect helps companies by designing and developing the definition, communication, and maintenance of the information security strategy. This is a career path to pursue after gaining vast experience in IT and working with larger and more complex computer systems. While it may take more years before advancing into this role, it is a very rewarding career to share your knowledge and create strategies in cyber security.
Keep systems running: Network Security Engineer
A more technical role that requires knowing how to code is the Network Security Engineer. They are responsible for designing network infrastructures and securing computer systems. In order to do that the security engineer looks at possible vulnerabilities in the applications and servers, and develops and implements new technologies to address them.
If you have a background in IT, you may be the best candidate to become this technical specialist who focuses on operating and maintaining systems. As security engineer, you are responsible for securing the IT-infrastructure and work on a tactical and operational level. A security engineer can do this for the company he works for or for different companies on a project basis to guarantee the safety of digital and online adjustments.
Take action first: Cyber Incident Responder
If a hacker “breaks in” to a company's servers and tries to cause damage, you will need someone to fix this problem. This is the job of the Cyber Incident Responder. A Cyber Incident Responder implements an Incident Response plan, which includes how to fix the issue after a “break in” happens. As a police officer responds to physical break-ins, the Cyber Incident Responder has a similar role online.
What exactly will you do in this job? In this entry-level position, you will develop the incident response plan, which is a set of instructions to help IT staff detect, respond to, and recover from network security incidents. These types of plans address issues like cybercrime, data loss, and service outages that threaten daily work.
Think like a cybercriminal: Ethical Hacker
In the news, you may have heard of malicious hackers carrying out cybercrimes. To prevent these hackers from accessing companys’ networks and infrastructure, there are professionals who detect weaknesses and security-problems in networks, apps, servers and systems (in/for the company). This is the Ethical hacker, also known as the penetration tester.
They have a lot of knowledge about how hackers do their work, which is necessary for an ethical hacker to be able to detect these problems. Ethical hackers use their knowledge to secure and improve the technology of organizations. If you enjoy finding missing connections and loopholes, you can help organizations by looking for vulnerabilities that can lead to a security breach. An ethical hacker reports the identified vulnerabilities to the organization. In this role, good communication is very important.
No matter which role you take on, it’s important to get the right training to step into the Cybersecurity industry. After gaining more experience in the field, you will also find out which Cyber career path you truly wish to follow.
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