Cyber Jobs And Professional Training

With data breaches and headline-grabbing ransomware attacks becoming more common and increasingly sophisticated, cyber security professionals have never been in higher demand. Salaries across the sector are rising and by 2022 there will be 100,000 unfilled cyber security jobs in the UK alone and even more in the US.

Right now, cyber security is a brilliant career path, whether you're technical or not. Find out what skills, experience and qualifications you'll need to work in cyber security, a cutting-edge industry that's crying out for skilled professionals.

Graduate Entry into Cyber Security
Because of the relatively young age of the cyber security industry, career paths are not always clear. Graduates have two primary routes: specialising their knowledge through a cyber security MA, or starting a junior role.

'For most graduates, a junior role with on-the-job experience is often the better option,' says Richard Diston, senior cyber security instructor at Firebrand Training. 'Not only will you be learning, but you'll be gaining invaluable experience that is essential for many industry-recognised certifications.'

By starting a junior role after graduation, you'll get the opportunity to build your hands-on cyber security expertise sooner. Not only will this help you find work if you decide to move to a new company, but by working on the frontlines you'll meet certification prerequisites faster.

That's not to say taking a cyber security Masters will affect you negatively. Employers are ultimately looking for a balance of practical skills backed up by qualifications.

A Masters is a fantastic way to study the wider cyber security landscape, ideal if you're unsure where you'd like to specialise or want a solid foundation of knowledge before you join the job market. Search for Masters degrees in cyber security. It's worth noting that a degree in computer science is not essential for a job in cyber security. Non-technical professionals often have a range of transferable skills that are essential in cyber security, especially in the realms of management and training.

US Military Cyber
The US military is doing a great job recruiting cyber talent into military and civilian service, but retention is more difficult, said the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington on 4th/5th September. This problem is affecting many operations and organisations around the world.

"We have people lined up out the door that are ready to come onboard and do the mission, whether it's cyber operations or traditional cybersecurity," Burke E. "Ed" Wilson said at the recent event on the 4th Sept.

Wilson said The US  Congress gave the military some unique authorities that have helped in hiring qualified civilians. But the challenge is retention. "Clearly, we don't do well on salary in the military, but we've been able to handle that with bonuses," Wilson said, adding that the strategy is working well, except in some niche areas.

US Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, commander of Army Cyber Command, said another way to incentivise the workforce while solving difficult cyber problems is to organise the cyber workforce into teams.

Teams can be made up of people who are experts at electronic warfare, information operations, intelligence, developers, malware analysts and other specialties based on the type of operation they’re engaged in, he said. 

The teams can extend outside the US military and include foreign military partners, commercial vendors and academia. 

"We very rarely act without a consortium of partners. I can't think of a single operation that didn't include multiple partners," he said.... Young people reach out to their peers and build their own networks. They're very successful at building these ad hoc relationships, and they get after the mission."

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