The Cyber Security Employment Outlook In 2020

There has never been a better time to have a career in cyber security. That's because the demand for people with  the right skills at all levels continues to climb and  shows no sign of coming back down to more moderate levels. 

With innovations like Cloud technology and so many businesses operating online, keeping a business safe from cyberattacks has become a prominent concern.

The rise of cyber security jobs can seem obvious to anyone paying attention, but finding a career in cyber security isn’t as easy as you may think. The industry is fluctuating all the time and you need a firm understanding to get ahead.

Last year there was an estimated global cybersecurity staffing shortage of three million people, and that has now grown to over four million, according to research by (ISC)2.

Put another way, the global IT security workforce needs to grow by almost 150%, according to the research. That means there will be plenty of jobs, and plenty of opportunities to switch to more interesting, more specialized, or simply better paid roles for those with the right mix of skills and experience.

Here are some of the best positions to get you started in cyber security jobs and how to keep them going for a career.

Digital Forensic Analyst

A trained professional who retrieves digital evidence from various digital assets that are used in conducting a cybercrime. Sometimes, they work with law enforcement agencies to drill out pieces of evidence.

These specialised professionals are responsible for recovering deleted files, analysing data related to the crime, following data trails, and other relevant tasks. Forensic Analysts keep a detailed record of their investigation that can be used to track the perpetrator.

Cyber Security Engineer

A cybersecurity engineer is at the forefront of system protection. Whether it be a digital infrastructure for the entire business or a small server that connects to the internet.

For this, you will need to understand where each system fails in its cyber security and where you can improve the structure.

Cyber Security Analyst

These analysts focus on the cyber security threats themselves, analysing them to better figure out what kind of damage they can do.

They often work together with the cyber security engineer, giving them the right data on the threats they face so they can build in response.

They are responsible for monitoring potential security breaches are Information Security Analysts. They formulate security measures that are implemented to protect the security infrastructure of the organisation from continuous cyberattacks.

They also ensure that all the installed software remains updated. Along with that, Information Security Analysts sometimes work with employees to help them understand new applications and hardware.

Network Architect

The network architect has a focus on building communication networks, often things like LANs and WANs so that computers can contact each other.

These networks are the road that cyberattacks use to get to your computers and servers. A network architect will be the first line of defense by creating a more secure network.

Systems Engineer

Where the cyber security engineer crafts the walls and safeguards of the data systems, the systems engineer ensures that the systems still function at peak performance for the business.

While a systems engineer may not have direct dealings with cyberattacks, they are the ones that ensure that recovery and structure do not falter.

After a cyberattack, they are the ones to help oversee the rebuilding and the ones that ensure that the business is not facing a major problem when the worst happens.

Software Developer

The software developer acts as a foundation for all the previous job positions and even has flexibility outside of cyber security. The software developer crafts software that eradicates cyberattack viruses, bolsters server defenses, or monitors data.

The software developer doesn’t have to focus and depending on your skill, you can branch out into other forms of software.

The responsibilities of these professionals can be broadened depending on the requirements and size of the organisation. They can be assigned to oversee a team of application/software developers, build a software-based security strategy, be a prominent part of the SDLC system, and various others.

Ethical Hacker

Ethical hackers are certified security professionals who are licensed by the hiring organisation to penetrate their security infrastructure and find system vulnerabilities. They are often referred to as white hat hackers.

These professionals use the same techniques of a black hat hacker to discover the hidden system weaknesses. Once they expose the vulnerability, other dedicated professional releases a patch to eliminate the flaw. They also conduct a risk assessment for the entire security system, whenever required.

Finding the Skills for Cyber Security Jobs

Like any job, cyber security requires training and skills. A degree isn’t always needed to start but will be very potent later on. As well, there are many certifications that can help you get ahead and into better positions.

For help with this in the US, the NICCS has a host of tools and programs to help you prepare yourself for a fruitful career in cyber security.

Safe, Secure, and Enjoying Your Job

Breaking into cyber security jobs requires a solid skill set, a dedication to service, and a bit of patience. If you should dedication, though, they can be rewarding careers with a great deal of stability.

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