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May 04, 2017

Cybersecurity: Why Now is the Time to Break into the Job Market

Based on the number of electronics you own and use daily, you’re aware the world is more connected than ever. In fact, some experts predict that in just three years, there will be 200 billion connected things. And with all this technology in cars, planes, homes, cities, etc. comes the heightened need to protect who has access to information, while making sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. This is why there’s never been a better time to consider a cybersecurity career. Late last year Cyberseek reported there were nearly 350,000 cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. The states with the most critical needs are: California, Virginia, Texas, New York, Maryland, Florida, Illinois, and Georgia. Plus, there are at least a dozen other states looking to fill cybersecurity positions. So, what are these jobs, how much do they pay, and what skills do you need to have to snag a cybersecurity gig?

Finding Your Forte

In addition to our increased connectivity, cybersecurity breeches (e.g., Target) have led to the need for more cybersecurity professionals. A recent Ponemon Institute Breach Report indicates that the average cost per breach over a period of three years for U.S. organizations has reached an all-time high of seven million in 2016. And every breach that goes public results in higher customer turnover and revenue losses. So, you can begin to see why there is a need and why companies are willing to pay good money to people with the right skills. Below are just a few examples of the positions available in cybersecurity:

  • Entry-Level Position: Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigator

Top skills needed: Information Security, Computer Forensics, LINUX, UNIX, TCP/IP, Malware Analysis, Python, Network Security, Cryptography

Education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Salary: $94,188

  • Mid-Level Position: Cybersecurity Analyst

Top skills needed: Information Security, Information Systems, Cryptography, LINUX, Network Security, Troubleshooting, Security Operations, UNIX, TCP/IT

Education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Salary: $89,232

  • Advanced-Level Position: Cybersecurity Engineer

Top skills needed: Information Security, Network Security, LINUX, Information Systems, Cisco, Cryptograpphy, UNIX, Project Mgmt, TCP/IT

Education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Salary: $107,705

Each of these job descriptions require a Bachelor’s degree and some, a Master’s degree. With regards to certifications, some of the popular ones among employers are: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), SECURITY+, and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).


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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Cybersecurity Career

If the pay potential didn’t peak your interest, here are a few other reasons to consider:

  1. Cybersecurity is a challenging, constantly evolving field that requires professionals to continuously learn new things and update their knowledge and skills.
  2. Unlike generic IT jobs, cybersecurity jobs usually cannot be outsourced to countries abroad, due to the sensitivity of data, regulations and laws.
  3. Top talents in cybersecurity can write their own tickets. For example, the top students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s computing security programs often receive multiple job offers, from places such as Google, Cisco, and the federal government.

Share in the comments if you or someone you know has successfully landed a cybersecurity job.

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