Four Steps To "Break Into Cybersecurity"

Here are our four suggested ways to "Break Into Information Security". Before we explore them, let's just all agree that the Cybersecurity talent shortage remains a serious — and global — issue. For Cybersecurity professionals, this difference between supply and demand means strong job opportunities and very attractive salaries, although even then barriers to entry remain. Cybersecurity is certainly a demanding profession and many employers ask for advanced Information Security certifications.

Step 1

Decide What Cyber Security Domain You'd Like To Specialize...
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Step 2

Start Learning In A Sequential Manner...
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Step 3

Get Certifications & Designations...
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Step 4

Get Experience & Join Work With Recruiters!...
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Growth Rates in Last 5 Years (Worldwide)


Higher Salary Than All Other Jobs


Million Unfilled Cyber Jobs by 2019!

The cybersecurity job market demand is booming

(Revised and Updated for 2017)

Demand is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million. In the United Kingdom the UK network security market sees an overall demand of 223.1%, in Germany it is 83.1%, and in the US it is set at 210.8%.

[1] The Global Cybersecurity Skills Gap [Indeed Blog]
[2] One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016 [Forbes]
[3] Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage [CSO Online]

We Interview Cybersecurity Professionals To Ask How They Started Their Career In Cybersecurity



"How Did You Get Started In Cybersecurity?"

So far we've interviewed 28 Cybersecurity Professionals from a wide range of fields how they got their break in Cybersecurity. You'll learn how bug bounty programs, CTF's OWASP top-10 Controls/ SANS 25 / WASC / OSSTM etc all help!

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"How Did You Get Started As A Cyber Security Analyst?"

Learn the experiences of a Cisco Network Engineer, Reverse Engineer and a Cyber Forensic Analyst!

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"Starting A Company - Advice from Founders"

We have amazing advice from cybersecurity founders of start-ups!

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"How Did You Become A Cybersecurity Engineer?"

Read our extremely useful advice from Cybersecurity Engineers with experience with Cisco, Checkpoint, Palo Alto, Juniper, IDS/ IPS McAfee products, Tipping Point, SourceFire, WAF F5, Imperva, FireEye 17 and other technologies!

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"How Did You Become A Cybersecurity Consultant?"

Learn from a Blackhat Arsenal speaker and a bunch of other Cybersecurity professionals: advice that can help you get into the InfoSec industry.

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"What Was Your Path To Becoming A CISO/ CSO?"

Becoming a C-Level Executive is a goal for many folk; these interviews highlight key required skills.

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"How Did You Start A Career In Digital Forensics"

These interviews are a fantastic resource and extremely useful for anyone interested in starting a career in Digital Forensics. Many of the experts are Risk and Strategic Conultants working within Forensics.

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If you want to get started in your career in Cybersecurity then clearly you have to learn, learn some more and continue learning forever!

Four Steps To Get Started Break Into Cybersecurity

Step 1: Decide What Cyber Security Domain You'd Like To Specialize

Starting a career in Cyber Security will require immense planning and preparation. Each of these steps require that you have actionable plans. Abraham Lincoln has a neat quote that perfectly summarizes this concept; he said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.", and that should be your mantra when approaching this journey. Why Specialize, Why Not Generalize? The answer is that you ought to do both, however, it's always better to have one or two cyber skills that make you unique. For example, if you have an interest in forensics, or healthcare, or perhaps PCI/ DSS, SCADA/ ICS or in Intrusion Detection, then hone that craft. Key to your decision making should be a match between where's there's demand and where your passion lies.

Step 2: Decide What Cyber Security Domain You'd Like To Specialize

You're going to have to learn a ton of information. If you find the learning boring, and if it doesn't fascinate you, then don't continue with this journey - you're probably best to find an alternative career! If hacking, computers and coding are your passion, then you're absolutely in the right career! There's no doubt: the more you know the more you are valued and the greater your chances of getting employed in Cyber Security. Here are some subjects which you'll have to learn:

  • Recommendation #1 Learn how to become proficient with TCP/ IP
  • Recommendation #2 Learn how to use the concise Top Ten Hacking Tools
  • Recommendation #3 Build a Penetration Lab ('Hacking Lab')
  • Recommendation #4 Install and get familiar with a Linux Hacking Distro.
  • Recommendation #5 Read!

Step 3: Get Certifications & Designations

Yes, in our opinion, Cyber Security certifications do absolutely matter. In Step 1 we spoke about the importance of defining which cyber domain you'd like to specialize in. Once you've established which cyber niche you're interested in pursing, then choosing the right cert will become much easier.

Step 4: Get Experience & Join Work With Recruiters!

This section, Step 5, is all finding appropriate Cyber Security recruiters, headhunters, job fairs and, lastly, some tips and tricks to help you get started with your career in Cyber.


We also have a LinkedIn Group which is specifically for folk trying to start a career in Cybersecurity. Network with your peers! Join the Group

Our Recommended Cybersecurity Courses

We are big believers in taking cybersecurity certifications, not least because HR and Recruiters look for them! In many cases a job being advertised within Cybersecurity will specifically state that you have a cert like CISSP, CEH or OSCP etc. We've gone ahead and listed a bunch of courses that we feel you will absouletly benefit from and which you can add to your CV.

CompTIA Core Certification Courses Bundle

CompTIA Core Certification Bundle

These Comprehensive Study Guides Will Help You Earn Some of the Most Coveted IT Certifications Around

Pay What You Want: White Hat Hacker 2017 Bundle

Pay What You Want: White Hat Hacker 2017 Bundle

These 63 Hours of Training in the Most Up To Date Security Tools & Practices Can Earn You a New Career

Ultimate Computer Hacking Security Course Bundle

Ultimate Computer Security Bundle

Gain Certifications in CISSP, Encryption, Pentesting, Ethical Hacking & More In This 7 Course, 39 Hour Bundle

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker Certification Bootcamp for 2017

$45 Certified Ethical Hacker Bootcamp

45 Hours of Instruction to Get You Ready to Ace Your CEH Certification

Wireless Penetration Testing with Kali Linux & Raspberry Pi

Wireless Penetration Testing with Kali Linux & Raspberry Pi

Put Your Raspberry Pi to Work by Testing Your Network's Security

The Python Power Coder Bundle (Total of 70 Hours) of Content

The Python Power Coder Bundle

3 New, In-Depth Courses Bring This Python Bundle to 70 Resume-Enhancing Hours of Content

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