In this article, we’ll learn how to build a cybersecurity career
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Because information security is a sophisticated discipline, you should ideally be proficient in another area of technology before pursuing it. This is not required, but it is common and preferable. People who work in information security typically come from one of three backgrounds: System Administration, Networking, and Growth.
Programming is significant enough to warrant its own mention. You will be severely limited in your information security career if you do not develop your programming skills. You don’t have to be a programmer to get a job. You might even be able to get a good job. You could even advance to management. However, if you can’t build things, you’ll never be able to reach the elite levels of information security. Websites. Instruments. Proofs of concept, for example.
A good set of inputs for news, articles, tools, and so on is essential for any information security professional. Traditionally, this has been done with a list of preferred news sources based on the type of security the person is interested in. There are websites dedicated to network security, application security, OPSEC, OSINT, government security, and whatever else you can think of.
Building a lab
The lab is where you will be learning. The lab is where you will work on your projects. You develop in the lab.
There are a few lab setup options.
- VMware installed on a laptop or desktop
- VMware on a laptop or desktop that has been converted into a server
- A real server with VMware (or something similar) installed on it
- Online VPS systems (EC2, Linode, Digital Ocean, LightSail, etc.)
Your projects are YOU!
This is the point at which book knowledge ends and creativity begins. You should be working on projects all the time. Nobody should ever ask you what you’re working on as a beginner, or even as an advanced practitioner, and you say “nothing.” Unless, of course, you’re taking a break in between. Projects frequently cross over into programming.
Experimenting with Bounties
You may want to work on bug bounties now that you have a lab, some solid skills, and some projects you’ve been hacking on. You can do bounties on two main platforms: BugCrowd and HackerOne. There are many more, but these are the ones with the most programmes and the greatest maturity.
Have a Presence
Now that you’ve completed a few projects, it’s time to publicise them via your brand platform. Create a website and gain a foothold on Twitter and social media.
Certifications and Networking
Certifications have no intrinsic value. They are worth exactly what people believe they are worth. They are important if employers are asking for them in places where you want to work. They do, however, matter for beginners. You should reach out and talk to some people. Again, you can and should have been doing this all along, but if you haven’t, now is the time.
It is, without a doubt, a journey, but it is one well worth taking. Click here to know about how to get a software developer job