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A-To-Z Guide To Cybersecurity Careers In 2021

There’s a job for everyone who wants to fight cybercrime

David Braue

Melbourne, Australia – Aug. 20, 2021

With so many claims of zero unemployment in cybersecurity, reports of skilled experts being able to all but name their salaries and predictions of 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by the end of this year — it’s easy to accept that the cybersecurity industry offers substantial career opportunities. But just what jobs are actually out there?

Asking himself the same question, Cybersecurity Ventures founder Steve Morgan went to the internet to get the answer — and found very little clear guidance as to just what these storied cybersecurity jobs actually involve.

So, naturally, his firm set out to build its own list of the top jobs in cybersecurity — and stopped counting at 50.

The resulting, “no-fluff” list of “unique and legitimate job titles” is an A-to-Z guide to one of the world’s fastest-growing industries — and a testament to the wide variety of ways that the broad discipline of cybersecurity has evolved to touch dozens of different areas of intellectual pursuit.

“You can be in cybersecurity for 15 years and have really deep domain experience working on endpoint security and firewalls,” Morgan told Cybercrime Magazine, “but you may not be familiar with automotive security or maritime security. It’s just such a broad field — and there’s something for everybody here.”

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That includes, for example, positions in cryptography — where, Morgan said, “unbelievable” people are shaping the field every day by functioning at levels most of the rest of us can’t imagine — and even non-technical areas like cybercrime law.

“For anybody who’s going to be an attorney in the not-too-distant future,” Morgan said, “cybercrime is the fastest growing crime in the world.”

“There are a lot of lawyers now who specialize in cyber, and it’s a burgeoning field — but it may not be something that your typical law student is thinking about.”

All kinds of jobs for all kinds of people

Cryptography and legal positions are just two of the 50 ways that Morgan identified for those interested in cybersecurity — or, really, anybody who likes solving problems — to direct their careers.

A quick look through the list reveals long-established roles such as Cloud Security Architect and Cyber Intelligence Specialist bumping elbows with emerging specialties such as Blockchain Developer, Cyber Insurance Policy Specialist, Ethical/White Hat Hacker, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Security Specialist, Red Team Member, SCADA Security Analyst, and many more.

There are jobs for highly technical people — such as Public Key Infrastructure Analyst, Malware Analyst, Source Code Auditor, and Cybersecurity Hardware Engineer — as well as those who prefer to deal with people, such as Information Security Manager, Security Operations Center (SOC) Manager, and Security Awareness Training Specialist.

Those with business expertise will find much to do in cybersecurity, as well, with roles like Security Auditor, Cybercrime Investigator, Governance Risk & Compliance (GRC) Manager and Digital Forensics Analyst all offering new ways of applying prudential oversight to cybersecurity processes.

Yet even this list is only part of the whole story, with new and emerging technologies all requiring specialists who can identify and remediate their inherent security risks — which are sure to pave the way for a whole range of future job prospects.

And while the list will find many audiences across the spectrum of interests, Morgan hopes it will be particularly helpful for educators, parents, and students — who have likely heard of the opportunities in cybersecurity but don’t really understand what jobs the sector offers.

“It starts with students, who are probably the least familiar with cyber,” Morgan explained. “Even if they’re in school, and even if they’re pursuing a cybersecurity degree, they may not be familiar with the breadth of opportunities in the industry.”

The full list, entitled 50 Cybersecurity Titles that Every Job Seeker Should Know About, is available here.

David Braue is an award-winning technology writer based in Melbourne, Australia.

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