From small businesses to government agencies, professionals are needed everywhere to protect networks and technology. Individuals can enter this exciting profession in under a year with proper training and certifications. Let’s explore the steps to take to get a job in cyber security.
1. Get a Certificate or Degree
The first thing to do is obtain appropriate education and training. You can choose between a Certificate program, Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree. Your choice will depend on your career objectives, such as your position and industry ambitions, salary goals and desired work environment.
Cyber & Network Security Certificate
Our certification program prepares you for entry-level jobs and can be completed in 60 weeks. This is an optimal choice for those who want to enter the cyber security field immediately.
You’ll acquire a strong foundation of knowledge about cyber security, including hardware and software fundamentals, designing customized network security, and cyber defense and countermeasures. This intensive program also prepares you for various certification exams to boost your credentials.
Cyber & Network Security Associate of Science Degree
The Associate of Science in Cyber & Network Security program provides students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and increase their proficiency in cyber security.
In 75 weeks you’ll learn everything you need to know for an entry-level position and how to grow your career in the field. The program prepares you for essential certification exams and develops your soft skills with general education.
Cyber & Network Security Bachelor of Science Degree
For those who want to experience faster career growth, we offer a Bachelor of Science in Cyber & Network Security degree. This comprehensive program takes you beyond basic cyber security skills and gives you an edge in the field. The curriculum includes information technology and project management courses, and the completion of a capstone project.
2. Get Certified
Becoming certified will expand your career opportunities, particularly if you’re starting entry-level positions. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS™) has a list of certifications to consider for your cyber security career.
All of our programs at Cambridge prepare you for essential cyber and network security and IT exams, including the following:
- CompTIA Security+: This is a primary certification that shows you have the baseline knowledge and skills to perform core security functions, such as implementing secure network architecture and risk management practices.
- CompTIA A+: This certification demonstrates your broader knowledge of operating systems, troubleshooting, hardware, networks, applications and more.
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP): This exam shows you can implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure using security best practices, policies and procedures.
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH): The CEH proves your skills, knowledge and abilities in ethical hacking and vulnerabilities in target systems.
- Certified Internet Webmaster Web Security Associate (CIW-WSA): Passing this exam will certify you in securing a network from unauthorized activity.
3. Pick an Industry
During your degree program, you can begin exploring industries that need cyber and network security professionals and work with your institution’s job placement services to find employment in that industry.
Some industries to consider are:
- Government, military and law enforcement
- Financial services and banking
- Energy and utilities
Begin a Meaningful Career in Cyber Security at Cambridge
Easily begin your cyber security career at Cambridge. Our 100% online program is student-centered and provides academic support and career guidance. To learn more about our programs, call us at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.