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FAQs About Starting a Career in the Booming Industry of Cybersecurity

What Are The Entry Level Cybersecurity Jobs?


According to Cyberseek, these are critical entry-level jobs.


Cybersecurity Specialist / Technician

  • Average Salary: $92,000
  • Primary Skills Desired: Information Security, Information Systems, Information Assurance, Network Security, Security Operations, Vulnerability Assessment, Project Management, Linux, and NIST Cybersecurity Framework. 
  • Primary Certifications Desired: SANS/GIAC Certification (Various), CompTIA Security+, Information Systems Certification, and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification.
  • Prevalent Job Titles: Information Security Specialist, It Security Specialist, It Specialist Information Security, and Information Technology Specialist Information Security.

Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator

  • Average Salary: $94,000
  • Primary Skills Desired: Computer Forensics, Linux, Information Security, Consumer Electronics, Hard Drives, Information Systems, Forensic Toolkit, UNIX, and Malware Engineering.
  • Primary Certifications Desired: Digital Forensics Analyst, Cyber Forensic Specialist, Cyber Security Forensic Analyst, and Computer Forensics Analyst.
  • Prevalent Job Titles: Digital Forensics Analyst, Cyber Forensic Specialist, Cyber Security Forensic Analyst, and Computer Forensics Analyst.

Incident Analyst / Responder

  • Average Salary: $89,000
  • Primary Skills Desired: Information Security, Project Management, Information Systems, Linux, Network Security, Technical Support, Intrusion detection, UNIX, and Security Operations.
  • Primary Certifications Desired: GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), CompTIA Security+, and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification.
  • Prevalent Job Titles: Senior Analyst, Information Security, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Network Technical Specialist, and Audit Project Manager - Information Security.

IT Auditor

  • Average Salary: $98,000
  • Primary Skills Desired: Internal Auditing, Audit Planning, Information Systems, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Accounting, Risk Assessment, Information Security, COBIT, and Business Process.
  • Primary Certifications Desired: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Information Systems Certification, CompTIA Security+, and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification.
  • Prevalent Job Titles: Senior It Auditor, It Audit Consultant, It Audit Manager, and It Internal Auditor.


What Does it Take to Get Into Cybersecurity?

There are a prevalent amount of opportunities for anyone to start and progress their careers within cybersecurity. For example, an IT security manager may be assigned anything from installing, administering, and troubleshooting security solutions to writing up security policies and training documents for colleagues. However, despite other job roles being responsible for a focused part of the overall system, cybersecurity professions must take a step back and see the big picture to keep it secure from cyberattacks and data breaches.

Having technical skills already is a vital step in transferring from your current position into the cybersecurity field. For example, if you know code, you'll be able to analyze and protect against malicious code. However, there will always be something new to learn due to the ever-evolving technology, especially when dealing with cybercrime. Therefore, it is wise to start taking accountability for your interchangeable technical skills. Of course, there's always something new to learn in technology – and when fighting cybercrime, it's even more accurate. Start by taking inventory of your transferable technical skills and make a note of the skills you'd like to learn to land a job in cybersecurity. Despite not having technical skills, other opportunities will act as stepping stones to the cybersecurity field.

We hosted a panel discussion recently with Syracuse OWASP Chapter. The board members were Information Security and Cyber Security professionals who shared their wisdom on what employers look for and the necessary steps to get a head start in the field. Check out our social media platforms for a video of the discussion.


Do I Need a Degree?

A majority of cybersecurity careers require some formal education or training. However, the education requirements and percentage of online job listings divide into categories oriented around having a bachelor's degree, not having one, or having a graduates degree on Cyberseek. 

Overall, the higher you climb in cybersecurity, the more formal education/training they will require and seek. To research further, Cyberseek shares a more in-depth perspective on their site.


What Certifications are Employers Seeking?

There is an endless amount of certifications you can obtain to expand your skillset in cybersecurity. However, despite that daunting amount of certificates to siphon through, below are the most common and valuable certifications you can obtain in your journey to a cybersecurity career:

  • The CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), CompTIA PenTest+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), the CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway assists technical specialists to accomplish cybersecurity prowess, from start to finish.


  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): CISSP is an advanced-level cybersecurity certification by (ISC)2. cybersecurity management skills are its focal point.


  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA): Cisco certifications begin to are specialized at the associate level. The universal ones include CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, CCNA Cyber Ops, and CCNA Data Center.


  • GIAC: Cyberdefense, penetration testing, digital forensics and incident response, developer, and information security management are vital focal points by GIAC certifications.


Are There Skills That Stand Out on my Resume?

 The most valuable skills in job openings are not as obvious, but below are the top 3 most sought-after skills:

  • Linux: Linux commonly is utilized by Android phones and security systems running at homes. It spans over a diverse pool of usability, making it valuable in a cybersecurity career. If you want to show future employers that you can work on various operating systems and devices, CompTIA Linux+ will validate your Linux skills.


  • Project Management: Managing multiple projects is a demand as an IT professional; strengthening this soft skill can give you an advantage when competing with others. CompTIA and Project+ should be your first certifications in project management. CompTIA Project+ goes above one focused methodology or framework, covering crucial project management concepts. Fun Fact: CompTIA Project+ is one of the top-paying IT certifications, according to Global Knowledge.


  • Information Systems: An organized system for collecting, organizing, and storing data defines an information system's essentials. Therefore, having experience and education in information systems is critical to a successful career in cybersecurity.


Does my Current Career Path into Cybersecurity?

Five feeder roles identified by CyberSeek that benefit as a path into an IT security career share similar skill requirements and overlap with many of the core cybersecurity roles. Linked below are those different paths:



Overall the key points to getting into a cybersecurity career are surrounded by getting the targeted certifications that are most valued. Many job listings are "requiring" degrees and experience. However, it is how you sell yourself to them, whether it be showing them that you are dedicated to transition into the career field or market your skillsets into the type of employee they are seeking. Even with no prior experience and sometimes even certifications, you can easily land internships with companies that you demonstrate a willingness to learn and expand your understanding.  It is a daunting pathway, but it is an ever-growing career field in the modern world with the proper knowledge and determination. 












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