New Cyber Security Jobs

No company, or individual for that matter, with an online presence is immune to attacks. Once a specialty only associated with government agencies and defense contractors, cyber security is now mainstream.  Industries such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing and retail all need to hire cyber security professionals to protect valuable information from cyber breaches. 

Cyber security skills are in high demand and it doesn’t seem like the need for more security professionals is not going to slow down in the foreseeable future. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:  “Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks”.

Computer science roles are already in high demand as it is; adding in the element of security makes these roles even more critical and sought after.

The Current State of Cybersecurity Training
With so many jobs available, and the need to fill them so dire, more colleges are offering degrees in cybersecurity, though it has yet to become a staple in undergraduate coursework for students majoring in related fields. For many professionals currently in the cybersecurity field, they learned the necessary skills through certificate programs and in-the-field training versus degree programs. 

For those who are already in the field and want additional training, both Cisco and Microsoft security training certificate programs are common among all professionals looking for certification. Further collegiate education is also an option, but with relatively few schools offering programs, it might not be easy for professionals to find a program nearby that offers what they need.

Common Cyber Security Positions
Jobs that require cyber security know-how will usually have a range of titles. The most common titles, are Security Analyst, Security Engineer or Architect, Security Software Developer, Cryptographer, Cryptanalyst and Security Consultant among other roles. 

Common skills required for cyber security job roles are incident handling and response, audit and compliance, firewall/IDS/IPS skills, intrusion detection, analytics and intelligence, SIEM management, access/identity management, application security development, advanced malware prevention, and cloud computing/virtualisation. 

While these are the most common skills, most cyber security roles require a handful of these skills plus others. Based on a  SANS survey, the top five industries for cybersecurity professionals are Banking/Finance/Insurance, Information Technology/Management, Government (Defense), Government (Nondefense), and Consulting/Professional Services. Not surprisingly, these top industries all deal with sensitive information, which is commonly targeted by attackers.

Just the Beginning
While we’ve already seen a large boom in these jobs and skill sets, it is safe to say that it is only just the beginning for the rise in cyber security roles. Not only will current professionals be able to easily broaden their skill sets with more security training, if colleges continue to expand their offerings, more young talent will continue to fill these roles. 

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