Thinking About a Career in Cybersecurity?

If you’re a recent graduate have you considered a career as a cybersecurity professional? There is currently a huge demand for people training in cybersecurity and you can work almost anywhere in the world. Keep reading to find out if this career is right for you.

Did you know you don’t need a Computer Science Degree to pursue a career in cybersecurity? Some of the best security professionals have non-technical backgrounds. Cybersecurity is all about learning how things work. Once you have an understanding of how technologies work you can then better secure them. You can learn how these technologies work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. Not sure where to start? Start exploring different technologies and see what interests you.

  • Coding: Learn the basics of programming. A good place to start is Python, HTML, or JavaScript. Consider an online training site or grab any beginner’s book on programming.
  • Systems: Learn the basics of administering an operating system, such as Linux or Windows. 
  • Applications: Learn how to configure, run, and maintain applications, such as a web server or DNS server.
  • Networking: Learn how a network functions, including how computers and devices talk to each other, by capturing and analyzing network traffic.

A great way to learn is to set up your own lab at home. You can create multiple virtual operating systems on the same physical computer, or set up a lab using Cloud resources such as Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure. Another option is to meet and work with others in cybersecurity. Consider attending a local cybersecurity conference near you. Just about every major city has several events a year. Other options for learning include YouTube videos, online forums, or subscribing to blogs from security professionals. There are also many programs to assist you in starting your career, including CyberTalent Immersion Academies, Cyber Aces, and Cyber Patriot programs.

Even if you’re not looking for a career in cybersecurity, check out SEFCU’s job openings today!