Cybersecurity Careers

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What cybersecurity jobs are you familiar with? The cybersecurity field presents diverse career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of jobs in the cybersecurity sector is expected to grow by 31% between 2019 and 2029. That rate far exceeds all occupations.

Here are some of the popular cybersecurity job titles:

Security Specialist

Security specialists make sure organizations remain safe from cyberattacks by monitoring existing security infrastructure. Security specialists suggest improvements, check systems, and keep an eye out for potential new risks. Security specialists also test software permissions and firewalls, analyze network structures, and make recommendations to management.

Cryptographer

Cryptographers make sure that organizations safely and securely communicate and exchange data and information. Protecting valuable information is extremely important as cyberattacks grow. Cryptographers typically work for government agencies, financial institutions, and healthcare organizations. Companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple also hire cryptographers. Cryptographers develop and crack codes, puzzles, and cryptograms. 

Vulnerability Assessor

Vulnerability assessors find weaknesses in computer systems and consult businesses on how to make improvements. Required skills include mastery of multiple operating systems, computer hardware and software systems, and security frameworks.

Security Manager

Security managers oversee the operations of their organization’s information security issues. Security managers supervise IT administrators, analysts, and other staff who implement security measures. 

Forensics Expert

Forensics experts investigate cybercrimes and help organizations protect sensitive data and information. Forensic experts educate employees about cybersecurity issues, find security weaknesses, restore data from systems and devices, and reconstruct information systems to understand data breaches. Sometimes forensics experts serve as expert witnesses in trials.

Penetration Tester

Penetration testers are called hackers. Penetration testers find vulnerabilities in networks, information systems, and web applications. They test established security systems and try to prevent cyberattacks. Penetration testers identify weaknesses by conducting their own simulated cyberattacks without actually making data vulnerable, a practice sometimes called ethical hacking. Companies often post ‘bug bounty’ contests awarding the testers who discover vulnerabilities. 

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