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How can i start my career in cybersecurity?

I'm Brazilian and I've been working in the area of information technology infrastructure for four years. My trajectory has been characterized by self-education. I am currently enrolled in an undergraduate course in cyber defense. I am interested in knowing how I can get my first job opportunity in the field of cybersecurity.

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Jeff’s Answer

Hello Hyago -

I have a couple of ideas for you:

I agree that it is a good idea to join Cybersecurity-related organizations like ISC2.org or ISACA.com. It may cost a bit of money, but you may be able to get your current company to pay for it. Also, there are many benefits like access to free publications and other resources. There are usually local chapter meetings where I have seen members announce that they are actively looking for candidates.

Another idea is to pick a technology with your current infrastructure work that is relevant to cybersecurity - which is almost everything these days. This could be DNS, firewall, etc. Learn everything about it and see if you can start to add it to your work or career path. I started with firewalls, and it taught me a lot because it is related to a lot of other things: networking, authentication, content filtering, malware, etc etc. That experience will help you grow your work opportunities and make you more valuable to your current or future employer.

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Edmond’s Answer

Hi,
I'm not familiar w/ Brazil but my suggestion would be to start w/ any local non-profit organizations you can find. I know issa.org, owasp.org, ISC2.org and ISACA.org have int'l locations but you'll need to find them and attend their meetings - if not in-person, then virtual. The biggest advantage imo is networking opportunities with those who are already in the field and glad to help you.

Also, check universities and see if they might be offering computer/cybersecurity clubs. Conferences are also a great venue to try to meet professionals in the field. Ieee.org and ACM.org are two associations that have deep ties in computer security and a strong presence in academic environments.

I echo Amalya's advice: internships are a great way to get your foot in the door.

Good luck!
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Atul’s Answer

As a US-based expert, my advice will be broad but beneficial.
Remember, cybersecurity firms are on the lookout for top-notch software engineers.
So, concentrate on achieving high grades and push your limits by opting for advanced courses when available, especially in Machine Learning. Also, mastering key programming languages used in cybersecurity like Python, GO, C++ and Java will give you an edge. Keep striving and you'll surely make your mark!
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Amalya’s Answer

Hi Hyago,

You've already started your career in the field. I mean you already have relevant work experience and are going to get an academic degree in the discipline.
You can start applying cybersecurity jobs, taking part in internship programs, and so on.
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