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Cybersecurity is one of the hottest growing industries in the world. In fact, Tripwire reported that jobs in the cybersecurity field have grown 74 percent in the last seven years. Because technology is ever-present in our daily lives, cybersecurity has become increasingly important. Not only is it a part of our personal reality, but it has also become essential to the way we conduct business. Take a look at five exciting careers in this extremely relevant industry.
1. Cyber Forensics Analyst
Individuals who obtain jobs as cyber forensics analysts will assist police and other law enforcement officials in solving cyber crimes. They are trained to recover information from computer drives and trace network access points. Cyber forensics analysts will also be required to identify manipulated digital files.
Formally known as penetration testers, these individuals are hired by companies to simulate hacks on their organizations’ networks in search of vulnerabilities. Pentester should have strong communication skills as they will be required to report the findings of their simulated attack to their superiors. To be successful in this position, one would have to be able to think creatively like a hacker to anticipate any potential cyberattacks.
3. Chief Information Security Officer
This is a senior-level executive position in most companies. The CISO’s job is to create security initiatives, oversee the cybersecurity training of employees and develop a recovery plan in the event of a cyber breech. They must also regularly assess the companies for operational risks. The CISO is responsible for the rest of the information security team.
4. Department of Homeland Security Security Analyst
These individuals make plans and develop protection software for the government’s networks and computers. They must be aware of potential threats and conduct regular threat assessments on various channels of the government’s cyberdefenses. Security analysts must also be knowledgeable of the current threat landscape.
5. Security Architect
This position partners with the rest of the digital security team to design a network of cyberdefenses for the company. The entire security infrastructure is designed by a security architect or a team of architects. These individuals must be trained in coding, ethical hacking and software development.