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What job should I attempt to go for as a new Cybersecurity student?

Hi I'm new at UTS, and really would like to start of with a few jobs related within the Cybersecurity field. Any recommendations for someone who hasn't worked much in their lives would be much appreciated 🙂.

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Edison’s Answer

Hello Mohammed;

For a cybersecurity job is safe to start as an associates degree in an advanced education center, school, or technical schooling.

Once you have some technical knowledge of different programs and internet protocols you want to start working either right away as an intern or later as a programmer or data base level entry- while you focus on the program and protocol you’d like to dedicate your major career and focus- look at Software engineer,

Once you land a relevant job, take the time to work on the core skills required to mark the cybersecurity domain. A healthy tendency would be to question everything, digital and social media protocols as well as programming engines in the home and commercial field- dig for the truth, and communicate clearly are some of the most important traits required in this space.- also have fun- while adhering to technical data finding formats in search of the truth… (look at finance transactions)

Next, explore relevant industry certifications that will make your resume stand out. The following certifications are a good place to start:

CompTIA Security+
Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate/CCNA Cyber Ops
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
OSCP with PWK (Penetration Testing with Kali Linux)
EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA): Penetration Testing
There are even tools you can purchase in the App Store to help you with web crawling etc.
Once you have 2 to 3 years of experience in the IT field and a few good certifications under your belt, look out for openings such as associate network security analyst, associate cybersecurity analyst, or cybersecurity risk analyst.- makes sense??

Then, After securing an entry-level job in this domain, work toward mastering the general cybersecurity principles. With time, you will be exposed to the workings of different branches in the field and can pick one that interests you the most.- location is also a very important aspect! If you can work from home in many fields (if home is a quiet peaceful space??) otherwise consider your location- you’d want to be in a city demanding the work!!

Best of luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, really eye opening advice 😊 Mohammed
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Joseph’s Answer

AppSec (Application Security) & DevSecOps (Development Security Operations) are good targets to keep in mind. Both of these will require you to code, and I encourage you to include coding in your skills as you build your career in Security, even if you intend to move into management or a parallel role in Security later, most Security leadership positions require a person to have technical acumen at some point in their career. There are roles in Security that don't require coding - policy, GRC, ISO, etc., but you'll have more opportunities (employment/ compensation) if you can code.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, i'll start looking into different prog languages. Mohammed
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Eddy’s Answer

Hello Mohammed,

I'm glad you are interested in cybersecurity as a career. It is a growing field with a lot of opportunities. There are many jobs related to cyber security that you can apply for as a student, and some of the most common ones are
- Cyber security analyst: protecting computer systems from attacks. In order to apply for this job it will be helpful if you take some related classes in cyber security, practice your analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as do some external research on the security tools and best practices.
- Cyber security engineer, which involves designing and implementing cybersecurity solutions for systems and networks. For this opportunity, you may need programming skills and technical knowledge, as well as security framework knowledge.

You can also further enhance your experience by taking the initiative to acquire cybersecurity-related certifications like CIPPS and Security+. Keep an eye out for cybersecurity-related news, videos, and articles online to keep you up-to-date on industry trends.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Mohammed,
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and most sought after expertises that companies look for currently. There are many different directions you could go with this skillset. One avenue is that many of the large Government Agencies are constantly growing their cyber security teams. National Security is always top of mind. Also, the more cybersecurity certifications that you can study for and complete, the more marketable you will make yourself compared to other applicants!
Thanks.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Michael for the advice. Mohammed
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Alex’s Answer

Hi Mohammed,
Cybersecurity is like any other field in which there are lots of paths to go down. The first step would be to figure out which side do you like to be on, Red Team or Blue Teaming. Basically just whether you want to go down something along the lines of penetration testing or defensive like a typical compliance or security analyst. Whether you choose Red Team or Blue Team, both will require that you have a good foundation of Networking and/or Applications. So even if you do want to go into Cyber Security, I wouldn't pass over applying for general networking positions like Network Engineer in a larger company and just take your security mindset into the position. You can go and apply to security positions in the same or other companies after that. It does delay you working in the Cyber Security field itself, but it does lay down a good foundation for later in your career.
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