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4 career options in Cybersecurity: Scope, courses and skills needed

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4 career options in Cybersecurity: Scope, courses and skills needed 4 career options in Cybersecurity: Scope, courses and skills needed

Technology has taken over the world, and it's evident in our day-to-day activities and how businesses across verticals function today compared to how they did just a decade ago. Especially with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, digitisation and technology adoption have accelerated unimaginably. Today, technology is integrated into almost every aspect of our lives. However, like the Yin and Yang, with the good comes the bad.

Alongside the increased technology adoption, fraudulent activities like phishing, data breaches, hacking, money laundering, and other cyber crimes have spiked.

This has made Cybersecurity integral to smooth and safe business operations. A domain that is increasingly gaining importance, Cybersecurity professionals are highly sought after today.

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In 2021, India reported over 14,02,809 cases of cyber crimes, making the hunt for skilled Cybersecurity professionals more vigorous.

But Cybersecurity is a vast and lucrative field offering multiple career prospects. If you are looking to pursue this path, then you're in the right place. Here are some career opportunities that the field offers.

1. IT SECURITY CONSULTANT

For those new to the world of Cybersecurity, becoming an IT Security Consultant is often the stepping stone within the industry that opens several new avenues in the segment as you progress.

IT Security Consultants are hired by startups and MNCs alike to offer guidance and their expert perspectives on their security challenges. IT Security Consultants provide valuable advice on how companies can safeguard their virtual assets and confidential data in the most cost-optimised and efficient manner.

2. ETHICAL HACKER/PENETRATION TESTER

If you're someone who loves a challenge and looks for exciting ones at work that push you to step out of your comfort zone and think outside the box, then becoming an Ethical Hacker is the ideal job. Ethical Hackers and Penetration Testers check for loopholes and weaknesses in organisations' IT Systems.

Testers conduct authorized hacking sessions to weed out vulnerabilities in a company's IT infrastructure. This will allow organisations to fix the loopholes before fraudsters can cause real damage or tamper with confidential data.

3. COMPLIANCE AND AUDITING PROFESSIONAL/CONSULTANT

While most roles in the Cybersecurity field require one to know programming and other technical skills, there are some job profiles that don't require them, and Compliance and Auditing is one of them. Compliance and Auditing professionals simply need to understand the way the business operates to ensure that the new regulations don't hamper innovation or growth.

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Aspiring Compliance and Auditing professionals must study the industry-best practices, stay updated, and devise new policies accordingly.

4. FORENSICS ANALYST/INVESTIGATION

Given the drastic rise in cyber crimes, organisations from across verticals are scouting for talented Forensics Analysts and Investigators. Working with law enforcement agencies in the public and private sectors, Forensics Analysts and Investigators keep detailed, meticulous records of every investigation they handle to ensure the evidence they provide is accurate and beneficial.

Adequate training and on-the-job learning go a long way in this space, as professionals need to be thoroughly aware of the situation and go about their job accordingly.

BOTTOMLINE

A bachelor's degree would go a long way in helping you get into the fast-growing and ever-involving world of Cybersecurity.

However, enrolling in a professional certification course by a reputed professional education firm can also open a gateway to becoming a successful Cybersecurity professional who is highly skilled and can apply the concepts learned to solve real-life problems.

Apart from providing exciting opportunities, the Cybersecurity segment also offers handsome remunerations for skilled and qualified professionals, making it an attractive career path.

Article by Kumar Manish , Head- Career Services, Imarticus Learning.

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