Understanding the field's unique requirements is an important aspect of determining whether a cybersecurity career is right for you. Knowing about these requirements will help you plan your career.
Where to Find Cybersecurity Jobs?
Every day there are new reports and articles discussing the need for more cybersecurity professionals.
On the right side of the Careers Home Page, NICCS has provided several job sites that can help professionals find cybersecurity jobs. Simply follow one of the links and search for a job based on your skills. If you are unsure of what job fits your skill set, visit the Workforce Framework to find sample job titles that you can search for on one of these web sites.
Types of Cybersecurity Jobs
Are you currently looking for a job in cybersecurity? Are you a student who thinks a career in cybersecurity might be right for you? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Below we’ve listed several cybersecurity jobs in public and private industry. These jobs are not only abundant in today’s economy, but they are at the front lines in protecting our Nation’s infrastructure. Here are several to get your search started:
- Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
- Computer Crime Investigator
- Computer Security Incident Responder
- Disaster Recovery Analyst
- Forensics Expert
- Incident Responder
- Information Assurance Analyst
- Intrusion Detection Specialist
- Network Security Engineer
- Security Architect
- Security Analyst
- Security Consultant
- Security Engineer
- Security Operations Center Analyst
- Security Systems Administrator
- Security Software Developer
- Source Code Auditor
- Virus Technician
- Vulnerability Assessor
- Web Penetration Tester
Google each of the positions to learn more about what these jobs consist of and how you can start your career in cybersecurity today!
Careers and the Workforce Framework
You can learn more about other cybersecurity jobs by visiting the Workforce Framework. When exploring the Workforce Framework, you can learn about the different knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) necessary to perform the work, as well as various tasks that might be performed. Visit the Workforce Framework here!
The Cybersecurity Work Environment
During times of crisis, cybersecurity workload priorities must adjust from a steady-state operating environment to a surge capacity. Cybersecurity professionals must have the capability to support surge situations like Denial of Service or virus attacks.
Cybersecurity professionals must have the knowledge and skill to rapidly respond to threats as soon as they are detected. The cybersecurity workforce must be agile to maintain high performance during steady times, as well as effectively support during a workload surge. Cybersecurity professionals must possess a range of technical abilities to perform a variety of activities, while retaining a willingness to work in a dispersed environment and remain extremely collaborative.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) found that cybersecurity work includes more than traditional IT skills. Cybersecurity work also includes the analysis of policy, trends, and intelligence to better understand how an adversary may think or act - using problem solving skills often compared to those of a detective. This level of work complexity requires the cybersecurity workforce to possess both a wide array of technical IT skills as well as advanced analysis capabilities.
The IEEE states that cybersecurity professionals need to be those who can see themselves in fast-paced environments and understand that their job hours might be a bit unpredictable.
The transformative nature of cybersecurity work is providing for varying career paths – establishing a workforce with different educational backgrounds, an interest in innovative problem-solving, and a higher-than-average percentage of young professionals. Cybersecurity professionals thrive in an informal atmosphere of casual dress, unconventional working hours, and shifting work responsibilities aimed at keeping knowledge fresh and work exciting.