As we start moving towards a post-pandemic scenario, organizations need to understand that their employees are now expecting to have the same flexibility to work remotely. A recent study published by Cisco reports that before COVID hit the world, only 19 percent of the workforce preferred to work from home, a number that grew up to 37 percent once the pandemic began.
Remote working has many benefits, such as no need to commute from one place to the other, saving in your weekly gas spending, having a better work-life balance, and even an increase in productivity. But, as always, there is a catch. Being all day at home can make you fall victim to distractions that are hard to avoid (your kids running around the whole place, errands that seem to be urgent enough to take you away from your computer, cooking, and so on). In other words, you need to master certain skills that will help you succeed in this new way of work:
- Communicate proactively with your manager and teammates.
- Provide updates and ask for clarifications in every step of the way.
- Let your organization know your work schedule, and try to stick to it.
- Do not stay in your pajamas or sweatpants all day.
- Plan your days and weeks, set out your goals, expectations, to-do lists, and schedule. Do not forget to add some breaks. Even if you work from home, you need to rest your mind from time to time.
- Have an office space; the couch is not one. You need to have the right desk and chair, the correct light, and even try to make it comfortable, appealing, and inspiring.
- Avoid taking care of personal errands while you are on the clock.
We are living the process of adapting to a new reality: remote work. Every industry and every role is now going through this process. Cybersecurity is not the exception.
In fact, one of the many benefits of working in this field is that there are plenty of roles that do not require being in an office to get your job done while still earning a very attractive salary and enjoying other perks.
Types of Cybersecurity Remote Jobs
If you are considering starting a career in cybersecurity, and you are part of that big chunk of workers who would like to keep enjoying the benefits of remote life, here is a list of options you have in our field.
1- Cybersecurity Analyst
While working in this job, you will be responsible for protecting your organization’s network and systems from any cyber-attack and implementing threat protection measures and security controls. To achieve this, you will be spending hours creating plans, monitoring networks, and computers, implementing security strategies to protect your systems from potential breaches and attacks.
2- Penetration Tester
As a Penetration Tester, you will be in charge of helping organizations identify and resolve security vulnerabilities that represent a threat to their computer networks. To achieve this goal, you will need to simulate different cyber-attacks and breaches to discover existing weaknesses and address the best way to solve them.
3- Security Consultant
Your role here is pretty straightforward: protection of data. In other words, you are responsible for creating strategies to protect systems, networks, data, and information systems from any possible cyber threat. Among your routine tasks, you will need to perform threat analysis, system checks, security tests, update security criteria, and evaluate cyber risks and faults in existing security strategies.
4- Cybersecurity Architect
This is more of a senior-level role, where you would be responsible for the process, from planning to implementing and maintaining an organization’s security infrastructure. In other words, you will need to think like a hacker to anticipate risks, as a business executive to communicate effectively with your executive board, and have the technical skills to build effective security infrastructures.
In other words, cybersecurity is a field that has a lot to offer for those who want to stick to remote work. There are thousands of openings in the United States, but you need to master different technical and human skills to really stand out. It is all about your mindset.