Hardly a week goes by when we don’t hear of a data breach, an exposed AWS bucket owned by a company that has been leaking the records of millions of customers for years, or a serious cybersecurity incident that gives IT teams sleepless nights and prompts government agencies to issue alerts to warn the enterprise of new threats.
Cybersecurity incidents over the past few years — including the Microsoft Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities debacle, the ransomware attack against Colonial pipeline, and now the hack-and-forth between Ukraine and Russia — have highlighted the need for cybersecurity experts to protect both enterprise resources, critical services, and infrastructure.
Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that by 2025, there will be 3.5 million open cybersecurity job vacancies.
The industry does not necessarily demand certifications to get started, but they can be a great starting point to give you an idea of your particular interests and what sectors of the field to pursue: whether this is in risk analysis, vulnerability management, penetration testing, offensive/defensive work, or bug bounty hunting, among many other options. Either way, undertaking a course or two can give you a thorough grounding in different concepts and deepen your knowledge.
Below, we have listed the best options