Essential requirements for landing a career in cybersecurity


Essential requirements for landing a career in cybersecurity

This week on cybersecurity from the editors of Cybercrime Magazine

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Sausalito, California – March 2, 2024

Fortune Reports that the Internet is a crowded and dangerous place, posing a serious threat to businesses and ordinary citizens. A report from Cybersecurity Ventures says the global annual cost of cybercrime is expected to reach 9.5 trillion dollars in 2024.

At the same time, the demand for highly skilled cybersecurity professionals, or white hats, is also increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that information security analysts – an entry-level cyber defense position earning an average salary of $112,000 – will see a 32 percent increase in employment by 2032outpacing the growth of most other occupations.

But a high growth rate coupled with a labor shortage means one thing: “There’s a huge gap,” says MK Palmore, director of the CISO office at Google Cloud.

With nearly 600,000 unfilled cyber positions in the United States alone, competition is fierce and expectations are high. But to get your foot in the door, you need to know what hiring managers are looking for in entry-level candidates.

There is no single path to entry into the industry, whether it is obtaining a degree or certification. But there is a short checklist of things employers want to see in your application, whatever your background: gain a basic understanding of the cybersecurity sector; Demonstrate and develop your security skills with certifications and diplomas; and Get your hands dirty and learn how to physically do the work.

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