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.
Growth Rates in Last 5 Years (Worldwide)
Higher Salary Than All Other Jobs
Million Unfilled Cyber Jobs by 2019!
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%.
 The Global Cybersecurity Skills Gap [Indeed Blog]
 One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016 [Forbes]
 Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage [CSO Online]
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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!
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.
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:
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.
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 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.