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    What credentials do I need to break into cybersecurty as an analyst?

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    by DaveCallahan ·

    I have been in IT for over 25 years as a mainframe developer, then web application developer, development lead and IT Manager. I am interested in breaking into cybersecurity (pun intended). I am trying to pursue some online trainings to facilitate the career change. For example right now I am taking the IBM Information Security Analyst certification course. I intend to take others as well. But how much training like this is enough to obtain an analyst job? I don’t want to go back for another degree, if possible.

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      disappointed i’ve gotten no answers

      by DaveCallahan ·

      In reply to What credentials do I need to break into cybersecurty as an analyst?

      Let me say that I am a little underwhelmed with the response to my honest question. Is nobody interested in my issue? Did I make some mistake in how I posted? Or is TechRepublic just not an active forum for such conversations?

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      This may be a good article to get started.

      by Wizard57M-TR ·

      In reply to What credentials do I need to break into cybersecurty as an analyst?

      6 Best Cybersecurity Certifications of 2023

      Good luck! One thing I can think of right off the top of my head is to
      keep in mind that you may be in “competition” with people a lot younger than you and many job opportunities are targeted to younger people.

      Wiz

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      by pronashit ·

      In reply to What credentials do I need to break into cybersecurty as an analyst?

      Breaking into the field of cybersecurity as an analyst typically requires a combination of education, certifications, and practical experience. Here are the key credentials and steps you need to consider:

      1. Education:
      Bachelor’s Degree: Many cybersecurity analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Computer Science, Information Technology, or Cybersecurity. However, it’s not uncommon for individuals with degrees in other disciplines to enter the field.

      2. Gain Knowledge:
      Self-Study: Start by gaining a strong understanding of cybersecurity principles, technologies, and practices. You can do this through self-study, online courses, and by reading books, articles, and blogs related to cybersecurity.
      Online Courses: Enroll in online courses and certifications programs related to cybersecurity. Platforms like Coursera, edX, and Cybrary offer excellent courses in this area.
      Certifications: Pursue relevant certifications (see the next step).

      3. Certifications:
      CompTIA Security+: This is an entry-level certification that provides a foundational understanding of cybersecurity concepts.
      Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): This is a more advanced certification suitable for experienced professionals, but it’s good to be aware of as it represents a higher level of expertise.
      Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): Focuses on information risk management and governance.
      Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): Concentrates on auditing, control, and assurance.

      4. Gain Practical Experience:
      Internships: Look for internships or entry-level positions in cybersecurity, even if they are not specifically labeled as “analyst” roles. Roles like IT support, system administration, or network administration can provide valuable foundational experience.
      Hands-On Projects: Create and work on your own cybersecurity projects, such as setting up a virtual lab to practice various security techniques.

      5. Networking:
      Attend cybersecurity conferences, meetups, and webinars to connect with professionals in the field. Networking can lead to job opportunities and valuable insights.

      6. Stay Informed:
      The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving. Keep up to date with the latest threats, trends, and technologies through blogs, podcasts, and news sources.

      7. Apply for Jobs:
      Look for entry-level cybersecurity analyst positions, which may be titled as “Security Analyst,” “SOC Analyst” (Security

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