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A Look Inside the Future of Cybersecurity Jobs

Cybersecurity jobs will see incredible growth through 2022. In fact, it is anticipated that job growth in this sector will increase by 37% per year. In 2018 alone, there were an estimated half million cybersecurity jobs unfilled in the United States.

The primary reason cybersecurity is a job of the future is due to the increasing cyber risks of a technological world. We increasingly depend upon systems, networks, and devices to stay connected. Gartner predicts 20.4 billion devices will be connected by 2020 thanks to the expansion of the IoT.

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These systems, networks, and devices face increasing sophisticated threats by cyber criminals. Because of the evolving threats from cyber criminals, cybersecurity jobs will only grow in rapid demand. Not only will the jobs grow, but the levels of specialized services will also continue to expand.

However, for every cybersecurity-based job opening, only 2.5 qualified candidates exist. Today, candidates must have more than basic professional development and certifications to effectively work within the cybersecurity industry .

“Building tomorrow’s security workforce is essential to address this challenge and deliver robust and long-term security for organizations in the digital age,” said Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum. “Filling the skill shortage will require organizations to change their attitude and approach to hiring, training, and participating in collaborative pipeline development efforts.”

Begin with a Degree

The world of cybersecurity requires a strong tech-based skillset. Students interested in a career in cybersecurity should consider fields such as Computer Science. Focus on coursework in cybersecurity, while also gaining knowledge in areas such as networking and information systems.

Furthermore, expanding on other complementary interests, such as coding, is an asset to future employers. Senior projects and professional internships also offer essential next steps to transition into the real world of cybersecurity.

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Consider Certifications

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification is a great differentiator for your resume and skill set when entering the cybersecurity industry. Additionally, consider other certifications such as Cloud Security, Healthcare Security and Security Assessment and Authorization, and more.

Co-author of Government Jobs of the Future, William D. Eggers, recommends agencies engage with private and educational sectors to facilitate reskilling and training into the various redefined job classifications. He also suggests agencies consider new jobs they’ll need to add, future skills employees will need, and which activities can be automated.

Don’t Get Too Specific

There is no one solution or platform to keep a system, network, or device protected on its own. It takes a specialized group of cyber experts to effectively get the job done. Various specialized job titles now include:  

  • Software security developer
  • Security analyst
  • Information assurance technician
  • Security engineer
  • Crytpographer
  • Penetration tester
  • Vulnerability assessor
  • Risk analyst
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Companies must be realistic with these specific job openings in order to build a well-rounded cybersecurity team across various skill sets and disciplines. The top six skills used most on a daily basis by cybersecurity professionals include:

  • Network Monitoring
  • Security Analysis
  • Security Administration
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Security Analysis

Tops for Cyber Security Employers

In a study conducted by ISC2, “Hiring and Retaining Top Cybersecurity Talent”, results showed that 68% of cybersecurity professionals want their opinions taken seriously. 62% of these cybersecurity professionals prefer clearly defined responsibilities within their roles, and 59% prioritize employee training and tech investment.

Understanding these insights provides a unique perspective and can be effective when strategizing on future cyber security jobs. Additionally, it is important as an employer to offer continuing education, training, and certification opportunities. Management should make meaningful investments in cybersecurity technology and people. The overall result is happier cybersecurity workers with the resources and skills they need to effectively fulfill their roles.

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