A Career in Cyber Security – Discover What’s in IT for You

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There are over 300,000 cyber security specialists employed in the United States, according to information provided by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment prospects for those individuals known as Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects (among others) is better than average for the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020. Another 65,700 jobs are expected to be created in this field at a growth rate of 22 percent (whopping 22%!).

Individuals interested in a career in cyber security can expect to have a position that pays a median income of $75,660, which is 3 percent higher than the median pay for all computer occupations and 124 percent higher than the median income of all occupations. In order to determine if cyber security is a field of interest for you, you should know what the education and training requirements are, the types of jobs available, and what a typical day as a cyber security specialist entails.

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Education and Training Requirements for Cyber Security

Attending institutions like those listed by CyberSecurityU can provide you with the training you need to be considered for the many current and planned jobs in cyber security. Depending on the type of position you prefer, anything from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s, master’s, or other advanced degree will do.

Determining the education requirements associated with the career path you choose in cyber security is just part of the challenge. You will also need to understand what prior experience or knowledge base you need to have for the different positions available in cyber security. Many positions in cyber security require one to five years of experience in systems designs, networking, and systems analysis. Individuals with a military background may also be well suited for a career in cyber security.

Types of Jobs in Cyber Security

There is a wide range of jobs available in cyber security. Some of the top positions are Information Security Crime Investigator/Forensics Expert; System, Network, and/or Web Penetration Tester; Forensic Analyst; Incident Responder; and Security Architect. Each of these positions requires different levels of skill and experience in the field of cyber security.

A Career in Cyber Security requires a lot from the student

A Security Crime Investigator/Forensics Expert is involved in analyzing security breaches to IT systems and networks, usually by reverse engineering the attack. A System, Network, and/or Web Penetration Tester looks for potential vulnerabilities in a system before it is launched or revamped. Forensic Analysts are responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to a cyber attack, while an Incident Responder acts like a police officer at the scene of a cybercrime. Finally, a Security Architect works to build the protection necessary to lessen the vulnerabilities that a hacker exploits and attacks.

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What to Expect from a Career in Cyber Security

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Imagine being on the frontline of the war against cybercrimes, preventing and exposing large-scale attacks, viruses, and other maladies that effect computer systems in both the private and public sector. This can be the type of work that you do for a living. As more and more of our personal and financial data is subject to compromise and attack, it may be the right time to consider a career in cyber security.

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Olawale Daniel is a business builder and psychologist, a network marketing professional, a world-class motivational speaker, a successful internet entrepreneur and a digital media strategist interested in all things mobile and digital — start-ups, media, branding. He started TechAtLast back in 2010 as a platform to quench his thirst for latest technologies. As a motivational speaker and author, Olawale has published several motivational and personal development books and he's currently working on "SUCCESS AHEAD - Don't Quit" which is billed to hit the stand by Q4 of the year. He writes regularly on his personal website on motivation and personal lifestyle and tips for network marketing success, OlawaleDaniel.com. His latest book on How to Sponsor More People in Your Network Marketing Business is still one of the best sellers in its category. He's presently working as a Health and Wellness consultant at BURN SLIM TRIM Inc., a firm that helps people regain their perfect lifestyle through state-of-the-art recent discoveries way back from nature. He's also the brain behind FOBCourse, a business university for startup entrepreneurs in Africa.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hi,
    This is a new information to me and for my country. So far I know A Security Crime Investigator should be It sound person. And It will help us in our personal life

    Thanks

  2. So before getting into median income, you’ll have to experience below of it 😀 Kidding aside, where the world is depending, almost in technology this must be… Where in other country is putting a micro chip for newborn.

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