The COVID-19 Pandemic and remote working have demonstrated the growing need for cybersecurity professionals for all organizations (from small businesses to large corporations and government offices). While data reflects a rise in job opportunities, there is also evidence that businesses are looking to hire people that can carry out different cybersecurity roles – sort of a cybersecurity utility infielder. The right candidate must have a combination of experience, technology skills, and business and interpersonal skills.
We researched different recruiting sites to learn what are the most in-demand jobs posted so far this year. We then drew a direct link between those jobs and what skills and training you should get to qualify for these jobs.
1- Information Security Analyst
A Security or Cybersecurity Analyst’s main task is to plan and carry out security measures to protect the organization’s computer network and systems. Daily security analysts have to monitor their networks for security breaches and to be able to detect and investigate if an attack passes through their controls. These highly trained professionals also create and implement a disaster recovery plan and must stay up to date with the latest hacking trends and how to prevent them.
Most job openings for this role require candidates to have certifications such as CISSP, SANS/GIAC Certification, CISA, CISM, and CompTIA Security+.
According to Cyberseek.org, there are currently 28,758 job openings in the US.
2- Penetration Testers
Penetration testing professionals help organizations find vulnerabilities and weaknesses in their networks and systems before hackers do. A penetration tester must plan and create penetration methods, scripts, and tests that simulate security breaches. Subsequently, they present their findings, educate others about the risks and impact of any possible attack, and carry the larger responsibility of recommending methods to fix and improve the organization’s security systems.
Most job openings for this role request candidates to have certifications such as CEH, CCNA, CISSP, CISA, CISM, and CompTIA Security+.
According to Cyberseek.org, there are currently 13,647 job openings in the US.
3- Cybersecurity Architects
This senior-level position is responsible for planning, designing, testing, and implementing an organization’s security infrastructure. Anyone in this role needs to have an excellent understanding of the business and organization they are working in and the technology they are using to create an effective security infrastructure. A good cybersecurity architect thinks like a hacker thinks like a business executive, and has an IT executive’s technical skills.
Most job openings for this role request candidates to have certifications such as CISSP, CISM, SANS/GIAC Certification, CISA, ITL.
According to Cyberseek.org, there are currently 5,927 job openings in the US.
4- Cybersecurity Engineers
Cyber Engineers are in charge of developing and implementing high-tech solutions to protect their organization from cyber-attacks (hacking, ransomware, data breach, etc.) Among their many responsibilities are to constantly monitor systems and software to identify threats and vulnerabilities, troubleshoot problems, respond to any security breach, and enable the appropriate security controls.
Most job openings for this role request candidates to have certifications such as CISSP, CEH, GIAC certifications.
According to Cyberseek.org, there are currently 52,932 job openings in the US.
Clearly, cybersecurity is a growing field with tens of thousands of job openings. But to succeed in the cybersecurity world, you need to commit yourself to get the right training and experience, keep learning daily, and upskill your interpersonal and business side.
Are you ready to start?