How can I change my career to one in cyber security?


How can I change my career to one in cyber security?

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Working in cyber security, or information security, requires at least a bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, programming, or IT. If one is already employed in another IT field, the transition will be easier, as one will already have much of the education and experience employers look for. There are certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or other more specific certifications, like ethical hacking and systems auditing, that will be helpful for adding specific knowledge in information security. A Master of Business Administration in information systems will be desired by some employers.

If one is entering the field from an occupation other than IT, courses or a degree related to computer science or IT are good starting points. Certifications will also be important. Internships or entry-level IT positions will be a way to acquire the relevant experience usually necessary for cyber security jobs.

Financial planning for the education and job search is helpful for navigating the change successfully. Also, connect with information security analysts in the field to learn more about what working in the occupation entails and find possible job leads. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of 32 percent between 2018 and 2028 for information security analysts, so it is an occupation worth considering.

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