How to become a cybersecurity pro: A cheat sheet (free PDF)

As cybercriminals grow more sophisticated and news of major breaches reach headlines nearly daily, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand: There are currently nearly 3 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide, ISC(2) found.

Employees who take on these roles play a key role in the enterprise, as the average cost of a data breach worldwide is about $3.62 million, according to IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute.

A job in cybersecurity can also command a high paycheck: The average salary for an information security analyst in the US is $98,350, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it’s significantly higher in cities such as San Francisco and New York.

The shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals has led many organizations to seek nontraditional candidates to fill these roles. To help those interested in the field better understand how to break into a career in cybersecurity, we’ve pulled together the most important details and resources in a cheat sheet.

From the cheat sheet


Why is there an increased demand for cybersecurity professionals? Cybercrime has exploded in the past couple of years, with major ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya putting enterprises’ data at risk. To protect their information and that of their clients, companies across all industries are seeking cyber
professionals to secure their networks.

What are some of the cybersecurity job roles? A career in cybersecurity can take the form of various roles, including penetration tester, chief information security officer (CISO), security engineer, incident responder, security software developer, security auditor, or security consultant.

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