Lainey Macdonald | 20 April 2022
With 67% of the Australian workforce having to work remotely, this created new challenges for businesses as they now face an increase in malware, ransomware and phishing attacks and having to adapt to new operating models.
The increase in remote working calls for a greater focus on cybersecurity, because of the greater exposure to cyber risk hence the demand for Cyber Security professionals across the board.
Here are some reasons why I think considering a career in Cyber Security is a great option:
There will be approximately 17,000 job openings in the next 3 years
The ASD have been approved $9.9 billion in funding in 2022
There’s a cybercrime reported every 10 minutes.
Cybercrime costs the Australian economy $29 billion each year.
With most organisations moving their data and operations to cloud environments, the cloud has been a major contribution to the requirement of DevSecOps within Cyber Security.
DevSecOps means thinking about application and infrastructure security from end to end, whilst continuously monitoring, attacking, and determining vulnerabilities before attackers might discover them.
IDAM is one area of Cyber Security that has seen the most growth in the past 3 years, with companies implementing IAM software’s such as Ping, Okta and SailPoint to name a few.
The fundamentals of identity roles involve ‘controlling access’ meaning that people should only have access to what they need to have access to. The role essentially involves protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data within a company.
An ethical hacker, also known as a penetration tester, is tasked with trying to find vulnerabilities in an application, system, or network.
Their aim is to find these vulnerabilities and suggest fixes or defences before attackers are able to utilise the vulnerability and exploit the system.
The OSCP certification is perfect, if you’re looking for an introduction to Penetration testing, it’s an online, self-paced ethical hacking test.
A security analyst is a hands-on role, responsible for monitoring, protecting, and stopping attacks on data. They ensure security procedures and best practices are implemented and followed.
Understanding networks and network protocols (TCP/IP), documenting incident responses and handling attacks are all key to the role of a Security Analyst.
The role of a Security Architect, is involved when the network is first designed, built, and implemented, as well throughout the entire life of the network. When designing the network and other infrastructure they focus on security, integrity, and the overall framework.
Often this role draws on the skills and experience from a variety of backgrounds and is considered a key function when creating secure networks.
The role of a Security Engineer involves building and maintaining security code and systems to safeguard data and infrastructure. They are tasked in building encryption systems, email security systems and firewalls.
An understanding of Unix, Linux and Window systems are key to the role of a Security Engineer as well as having knowledge of large database systems (MySQL, MSSQL).
In conclusion, I hope you can now understand that Cyber Security is thriving, and will continue to do so year after year, so, if you are interested in taking the next steps in your career within Cyber Security, then please feel free reach out to me at:
These roles are just a handful of the opportunities available within Cyber Security, If I covered all the roles, we’d be looking at a short novel!
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