Starting your cybersecurity career path: What you need to know to be successful - Help Net Security

Starting your cybersecurity career path: What you need to know to be successful - Help Net Security

As COVID-19 spread across the world, organizations found themselves more exposed to cyber threats than ever before and the cybersecurity skills gap became even more obvious.



Are you considering a career in cybersecurity?


But even though – according to the (ISC)² 2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study – progress has been made in decreasing the cybersecurity workforce gap from 4 million to 3.1 million, more than half of the study’s respondents still said that cybersecurity staff shortages are putting their organizations at risk.


Now is the time for individuals who have been considering taking the leap into the industry to act.


Having a passion for cybersecurity, curiosity and a willingness to learn is important, but understanding what positions are available can be difficult, especially for those who have no prior background in the field. Here we’ll discuss key cybersecurity positions and explore the requirements for different roles.


Network security engineer


The day-to-day tasks of network engineers will involve system setup along with the monitoring and maintenance of all network-based security technologies. This includes firewalls, proxy servers, network intrusion detection and prevention devices, as well as Network Access Controls (NAC). Network engineers have to understand many different vendor technologies in order to do their job correctly, so it’s wise to pursue vendor-specific certifications for them.


Cloud security engineer


While both cloud security engineers and network security engineers require an understanding of specific technologies, the former will have to design, implement, and maintain security controls specifically in cloud environments. This means that an understanding of cloud-ba ..