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The Essential Requirements For Landing A Career In Cybersecurity

This week in cybersecurity from the editors at Cybercrime Magazine

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Sausalito, Calif. – Mar. 2, 2024

Fortune reports that the internet is a crowded and dangerous place, posing a serious threat to businesses and everyday people. A report from Cybersecurity Ventures says that the global annual cost of cybercrime is predicted to reach $9.5 trillion in 2024.

In parallel, the demand for highly skilled cybersecurity professionals, or white hats, is multiplying, too. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that information security analysts — an entry-level cyber defense job earning an average salary of $112,000 — will see a 32 percent increase in employment by 2032, outpacing the growth of most other occupations.

But, a high rate of growth along with a shortage of workers means one thing: “There’s a huge gap,” says M.K. Palmore, Director of the Office of CISO at Google Cloud.

With nearly 600,000 unfilled cyber positions in the U.S. alone, the competition is fierce, and the expectations are high. But, to get your foot in the door, you need to know what hiring managers are looking for in entry-level candidates.

There’s no single route to getting into the industry — whether it’s getting a degree or certified. But, there is a short checklist of items employers want to see in your application, no matter your background: Gain a base-level understanding of the cybersecurity industry; Demonstrate and develop your security skills with certifications and degrees; and Get your hands dirty and learn how to physically do the job.

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