According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 75,100 information security analysts in 2012. This is expected to grow 37% over the next seven years, which is much faster than the average growth rate. On top of this, President Obama has assigned $100 million to fund cybersecurity training programs in a bid to bolster the high-tech workforce and meet the cybersecurity skills shortage.
With the industry growing so fast, those who are already in it and those that want to be a part of it may struggle to get noticed: how do you secure a promotion and pay rise; how do you get companies to acknowledge you?
We’ve asked our information security specialists who’ve already made a name for themselves in the industry to provide six tips on what you can do to stand out from the crowd:
- Build up your experience
Most companies require middle and senior managers to have at least four to five years’ experience in the information security industry. So, if you’re really passionate, stick to your guns, keep your head down, and gradually you will build up your experience, making you a more valuable candidate at your next interview.
- Go for certificated training
It’s important to have proof of the knowledge and skills you have gained throughout your career, and the best way to show this is to go for certificated training. Popular information security qualifications include CISA, CISM, CISMP, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Many employers use these qualifications as a third party seal of approval without needing to go into the detail of your CV.
- Get a college education
Although a college education is not a prerequisite for getting into IT, it does help you get your foot in the door. A lot of colleges now offer cybersecurity courses, programs, and internships, which can greatly enhance your chance of going into a management position.
- Get your name heard
If you’re really passionate about cybersecurity, then let it shine. Attend infosec events, network, and volunteer to do talks. Putting yourself out there and connecting with like-minded people will set you apart from the other hundred thousand hopefuls and land you with a more senior role – which comes with a more senior pay packet!
- Take responsibility
Throughout your career, emphasize on the business benefit you provide and include as many metrics as possible, e.g. “I reduced the number of information security incidents in my company by 82%.” Boards understand numbers, and if you can display your worth to the company then you’re on the right tracks.
- Show your passion
You don’t have to be the smartest, but if you work hard and know your sector inside-out, then there’s nothing stopping you from achieving what you want.
As cyber threats expand and evolve, you’ll need to keep one step ahead of criminals and be on top of the latest cyber threats, technology, and thinking. It would be quite simple to stay in your current position for the next 20 years, but it’s you that has to raise the bar after every achievement, learning new things and expanding your portfolio.
For more information on how you can boost your career and what certificated training routes may be right for you, give us a call toll free on 1 877 317 3454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.