Tech & Work
Job postings in the cybersecurity field have gone up 74% over the past five years—and US News and World Report ranked a career in information security analysis fifth on its list of best technology jobs. Here are 10 career options to explore in the cybersecurity field.
From the list:
"A security consultant is the IT equivalent of Obi-Wan—advisor, guide and all-round security guru." People in this role design and implement the strongest possible security solutions based on the needs and threats facing an individual company, and day-to-day tasks may vary widely. A security consultant might determine the most effective way to protect computers, networks, software, data, and information systems against attacks, perform vulnerability testing and risk analyses, test security solutions, respond to any incidents, and update security systems as needed, depending on the terms of their contract.
An incident responder (sometimes called a computer security incident response team engineer or an intrusion analyst) is essentially a cyber firefighter and must rapidly address security threats and incidents within a company. "In your role as a first responder, you will be using a host of forensics tools to find the root cause of a problem, limit the damage and see that it never happens again," says CyberDegrees.org. "Like a firefighter, part of your job will also involve education and prevention." This entails actively monitoring systems and networks for attacks, identifying security vulnerabilities, performing malware analysis and reverse engineering, and establishing protocols for communication within an organization and with law enforcement during a security incident.