One of the most important aspects of determining if cybersecurity is right for you is understanding the field's unique requirements. Understanding these requirements will help you achieve the most success in planning your career.
Where to Find Cybersecurity Jobs?
Every day there are new reports and articles discussing the need for more cybersecurity professionals? However, it can be tough for professionals to find jobs that are the right fit for them and their careers. It is critical to ensure that well-qualified professionals are able to find jobs that need to be filled.
On the right side of the Careers Home Page, NICCS has added several job sites that can help professionals find 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.
The Cybersecurity Work Environment
During times of crisis, cybersecurity workload priorities must be able to adjust from a steady-state operating environment to a surge capacity. Therefore cybersecurity professionals must be able to participate in surge situations like Denial of Service or virus attacks.
Cybersecurity professionals should be ready to rapidly respond to threats as soon as they are detected – the knowledge and ability to act in a variety of functions is closely linked to the capacity to surge and support efforts as needed in a real time setting.
To maintain high performance during steady times and effective support during a surge in workload, the cybersecurity workforce must be agile.
The cybersecurity workforce 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 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 not only have a wide array of technical IT skills, but that professionals also have 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.