Starting Your First Cybersecurity Role: AMATAS Careers

Are you planning on making your next career move in an industry that’s ever-evolving?

Welcome to the world of cybersecurity: where technologies and innovations meet adaptive mindsets.

It’s a sector with many challenges, but also that can offer professionals many new horizons on the quest to a safer digital environment. 

At AMATAS we’d like to share with you a unique perspective on the role and responsibilities of a cybersecurity professional to help you answer the big question:

Is this the right career path for me?

Integrated digital transformations within organizations (such as Cloud and AI solutions) have many hidden trapdoors that make networks, data, and systems more susceptible to various cyberattacks.

From ransomware to phishing and various malware attacks targeting organizations’ confidential information have been causing huge losses in data and finance in the last decade or so.

Find out more about the biggest 2021 cybersecurity attacks.

Long gone are the days of protecting your organization’s intellectual property with a mere firewall and/or antivirus software. To survive this new, hostile environment, more and more businesses are investing in cybersecurity.

And here comes the role of that knight in shining armor – the cybersecurity professional who ensures that data is protected.

Careers in cybersecurity are not only rewarding but have a bright future ahead of them.

As the cybersecurity field is: 

  • Growing

In the next 10 years, a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Information Security Analytics Outlook predicts that cybersecurity jobs will grow by 33%.

The national average growth is 4%.

  • Limited Talent Pool vs Job Demand

In the last 5 years, organizations have unfortunately discovered the hard way that no one is immune to cyberattacks.

There is a gap in the talent pool – the demand for cybersecurity professionals is always on the rise, while the number of skilled professionals is limited.

  • Career Growth

Not only is the cybersecurity field a diverse one, but it offers an opportunity for actual growth, unlike various other sectors.

There’s a constant lookout for more senior and experienced professionals.

At AMATAS, we take entry-level professionals and supply them with the relevant certification to develop within their chosen field path. 

But more on that below.

Is cybersecurity the Right Career Path for Me?

Now that you have a basic overview of the cybersecurity field, you need to ask yourself whether your profile meets the job description.

Take for example the team at AMATAS – our cybersecurity experts are our backbone.

They are highly knowledgeable professionals, thriving in this dynamic environment. Their expertise is in strategizing and implementing effective measures against cyber threats.

Consider working in AMATAS – where you’d get the support you need to grow and develop, side-by-side with highly experienced industry professionals.

Other aspects you may need to think about prior to joining the cybersecurity world are:

  • How much education and certifications would you need?
  • What are the technical and soft skills that are necessary for success?
  • What is your end goal? Or – better yet-what does your dream role in cybersecurity look like?

Are you ready to find out more? 

Our exclusive step-by-step guide could help you map out and start your journey.

How to start a career in cybersecurity: Step-by-Step Guide

How to choose the right career path within the field

There are so many opportunities to discover within cybersecurity.

This may be common sense, but we recommend you start at the very end of your job search by defining what responsibilities you’d like your role to have.

For example:

  • Application Security Testers use source code to identify vulnerabilities and make applications more secure against cyber threats;
  • Penetration Testers perform authorized tests on systems to identify weaknesses so that organizations can stay ahead of hackers;
  • Identity and Access Management Engineers design, test and implement various products, processes, and policies to regulate user access within an organization;
  • Cybersecurity Engineers protect organizations against cyberattacks via various solutions;
  • Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) oversee data management and protection;
  • Network Security Engineers design and administer network security solutions.

Our suggestion is to take your time and find out as much as possible about the aspects of each individual role.

The job description requirements – education and certification

Now that you know where you’re headed, you need to consider the education and certifications you may need to start your journey through cybersecurity. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or similar) is an entry-level requirement in the field.

What we often tend to see within our experience is entry-level professionals, that have embarked on various training and/or certification programs.

These courses are one of the most important prerequisites to success.

Cybersecurity is a constantly evolving field – and those working within it would confirm that staying up-to-date would require constant skills upgrades.

At AMATAS, we ensure that every single one of our employees has the opportunity to continue their professional development with the latest courses in cybersecurity.

We’ll discuss our recommendations for the top 10 courses you need to succeed in cybersecurity in future articles.

It’s all about your skills – technical and soft skills

Cybersecurity is a field that requires a set of both technical and soft skills that are ever-evolving.

We’ve made a list of 5 technical and 5 soft skills that your cybersecurity arsenal could include. 

Of course, the more, skills and knowledge you can showcase, the more sought out you’ll be as a cybersecurity professional.

Most Common Technical Skills:

  • Software development & scripting
  • Network & communications
  • Offensive experience in executing cyberattacks
  • Reverse engineering & general low-level exploitation
  • Cryptography

Most common soft skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Organization and time management
  • Outside the box thinking
  • Understanding concepts

How can you grow as a professional at AMATAS?

The AMATAS team has the ambition to advance a more secure digital world for our clients. That’s only possible when innovative technology meets the right experts.

We are a team of cybersecurity visionaries that have spent years on end studying the behavior of threat actors, the tools they employ, the communities they thrive in.

By joining the AMATAS team, you’ll get to dive into an endless sea of knowledge that has been obtained and tested over the years. We are more than happy to share this with you and to help you grow, thrive, and reach for the stars.

And to do this, we offer our employees a massive list of certifications and courses opportunities. Just a small number of which are Linux, MS Office 365, VMware and:

  • ITIL Foundation ITIL Foundation
  • OSCP Offensive Security Certified Professional
  • OSWP Wireless Attacks
  • CSA Certified SOC Analyst
  • AWAE Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation
  • CCNA Cisco Certified Network Administrator
  • CEH Certified Ethical Hacker
  • CISA Certified Information Systems Auditor

The list goes on, and it depends on the domain of expertise you would like to dig in deeper.

We help our teams stay updated within an ever-changing industry, and we also offer soft skills training, thus encouraging and supporting their personal development and growth.

We believe that the more competent cybersecurity professionals become, the closer we are to reaching a secure, digital environment.

Next Steps

The need for cybersecurity professionals will become more and more evident in the years to come.

So, if you are interested in taking the next steps toward this career path:

  • Learn more about the role, which you’d like to have
  • Check whether your education and training would be relevant for the role
  • Write the next career chapter of your cybersecurity journey with AMATAS

Interested in finding out more about the opportunities we offer? Drop us an email at office@amatas.com

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