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In the feild of cybersecurity, what is the main jobs of the employees?Also is the work more individual or dynamic?

Senior year, thinking about maybe going into the field of cybersecurity

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Deron’s Answer

Greetings! The field of cyber security is a vast and exciting one, brimming with numerous opportunities. Here are some of the most sought-after roles:

1. Security Analyst - A crucial role where you'll be tasked with monitoring and responding to security incidents, ensuring the safety of the digital environment.
2. Security Engineer - As a security engineer, you'll be the creative mind behind developing security solutions and designing robust security controls.
3. Penetration Tester - In this role, you'll simulate attacks on the network to identify and assess vulnerabilities, essentially helping to bulletproof the system.
4. Security Forensic Analyst - This role involves investigating and analyzing digital evidence, playing detective in the digital world.

Each of these roles carries significant importance, particularly in today's digital era where security is paramount.

In the wake of Covid, many of these roles have transitioned to remote or virtual work, offering you the flexibility to work from anywhere. Plus, they typically come with attractive compensation packages. So, dive in and explore these amazing opportunities in cyber security!
Thank you comment icon Thanks this really helps Solomon
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Matt’s Answer

Hi Solomon,

For entry level, the Security Analyst or Pen-Tester jobs are probably what you should take a look at.
IBM has a few courses available in IBM SkillsBuild that can help you with orienting yourself:
https://skillsbuild.org/students/course-catalog/cybersecurity

That being said, the work is very diverse.
In some jobs you may be working solo, in others you're collaborating constantly. Some swing between either.
It depends on the role, scope and situation.

Personally, I've been in Cybersecurity for over 20+ years and it has been a highly engaging, dynamic and fascinating field to work in.

Looking for a chill, stagnant, predictable, low-effort job? Don't choose Cybersecurity.
Looking for a field that never gets boring and keeps you on your toes? Choose Cybersecurity!
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Edmond’s Answer

Cybersecurity spans from all hands-on technical deep-in-the-weeds roles like a pen-tester or a Security Operations Center (SOC) analyst to cybersecurity governance and policy, or plain academic research. It is a very broad discipline, therefore it is important that you to try to find which are best matches your aptitude and talent.

I'd therefore encourage you to find local chapters of cybersecurity non-profits in your area and attend their in-person meetings. Most are free and/or free for students. It's a great opportunity to meet professionals in the field and learn first hand about their individual fields. These are ISSA (issa.org), OWASP (owasp.org), ISC2 (isc2.org) and ISACA (isaca.org). Some also organize conferences that might let you attend at little or no cost. In my experience these communities are welcoming and everyone is eager to share what they know.

In online resources, the one below in particular is very informative, and in general cisa.gov is an excellent cybersecurity information resource; explore the site.
https://niccs.cisa.gov/education-training/cybersecurity-students

October (cybersecurity month) is around the corner, find and attend events, either in-person or online. Your local colleges and high schools would definitely offer events, some are posted here https://staysafeonline.org/events-programs/ and https://staysafeonline.org/programs/cybersecurity-awareness-month.
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Caitlyn’s Answer

Cyber security (2 words) professionals include Director of Cyber Security, Assitant Director, and Cyber Security managers. Under them are engineers and technical writers. I'm sure there's more than that, so Google "Cyber security jobs". If you find companies specializing in it, go to their websites and look at their Careers pages and see what they list, as well as the requirements to do the jobs.
Thank you comment icon Hi Caitlyn, Mariam Webster shows it as being one word, but it looks like it really depends on where you're located. Most Americans use the one-word version while those from the UK prefer two words. You're both correct :) Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Ashley’s Answer

Sure thing! Here are some fantastic resources and articles for you to explore:

Check out this comprehensive Cybersecurity Career Guide by Palo Alto Networks, the place where I'm currently employed: https://online.flipbuilder.com/piht/yopn/

Also, don't miss this insightful blog post about various fields in cybersecurity on UpGuard: https://www.upguard.com/blog/cybersecurity-fields

These resources are packed with valuable information to guide you on your cybersecurity journey. Happy reading!
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