To be honest, a lot has changed since the invention of the wheel. While the wheel may have happened a while ago, digital data is part of our generation. It’s what holds our world together, and perhaps it is the wheel that companies and organizations ride on. But with every new invention comes new challenges. The biggest challenge to digital networks is cyberattacks. To counter cyberattacks, companies need cybersecurity professionals to work round the clock. For this reason, jobs in cybersecurity can command quite a hefty salary if you know what you are doing. This article will explore some of these jobs that you need to be aware of.
Why it’s Worth Exploring a Career in Cybersecurity
Before we look at some jobs that will get you a pretty penny in cybersecurity, let’s have a look at what makes this sector lucrative. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, there is a cyberattack every 39 seconds–that averages more than 2,000 attacks a day.
Digital networks are incredibly delicate. Cyberattacks are costly to both the organization and everyone else close to it. Many attacks result in data loss; money is lost and trust is broken between the organization and its customers. No organization is willing to let its company get attacked and face the consequences that come with it. For this reason, cybersecurity teams are created to eliminate the risks that companies face on a daily basis.
Cyberattacks are not going away any time soon–it’s actually expected to quadruple the current figures. That means cybersecurity jobs will also increase exponentially. What’s even more appealing is that there aren’t many cybersecurity professionals. Competition is thin and the demand is high. When demand is high, it also means the salary is good. Now let’s find out where you can explore your cybersecurity career.
Chief Information Security Officer – CISO
As a CISO, you’ll be in charge of ensuring the safety of information in an organization. As a CISO you’ll be in charge of developing and maintaining InfoSec (information security) and risk management programs. You will also be required to engage with stakeholders and keep them in the loop about InfoSec concerns. But you will not become a CISO overnight, you will need to have experience in other cybersecurity roles to qualify as a CISO. Here are some of the skills you need;
- You must hold a computer science degree and MBA
- Have IT experience
- Have incident management and skills as a supervisor
- Some business expertise
- Have strong communication skills
- Have stroke presentation skills
- Some risk management experience
- You will also need to have certifications like CISM (certified information security manager), and CISSP (certified information systems security professional). But the certifications and skills can earn you a salary up to $166,329.