Pursue a career in cybersecurity

In our increasingly connected world, where more and more data is being collected, analysed and shared, cybersecurity is of the utmost importance. That’s why this field is one of the fastest growing industries!

Cybersecurity is no longer a career just in the military and government organisations. Data needs to be securely collected, stored and shared everywhere: retail, education, health, government, infrastructure, manufacturing – every single industry employs cybersecurity experts in a variety of roles.

It’s a challenging and rewarding career where you will have to use a variety of skills.

Main skills in cybersecurity careers

  • Data and situation analysis
  • Project and system management
  • Business leadership
  • Software programming
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Good communication skills

There are a huge range of cybersecurity jobs where you can put your skills to good use: data analysts, embedded system programmers, business analysts, technology auditors, IT architects, manufacturing process engineers, QA and test engineers, plant architects, and many more.

You can also specialise – encryption, machine learning, secure communications, data privacy, ethical data handling, health data, smart home devices, wearables … Cybersecurity really touches every aspect of our home and work lives.

Learn more about careers in cybersecurity in Europe

The Europan Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) are active in promoting both educational events and security research programs. ENISA has outlined the many training opportunities for different cybersecurity careers – see which topics sound interesting.
 
ENISA also run an annual cybersecurity challenge where team of teenagers and students in their early 20s compete against each other in a number of specific domains like mobile, networks, or cryptography.
 
The annual Network and Information Security Summer School is a week-long conference that invites researchers, open-source developers, educational institutions and non-profit organisations to take part.
 
Most universities offer cybersecurity topics as specialisations in their IT, business or engineering degrees.  And if you are looking for a job in this field – try searching for “cybersecurity” or “information security” in your country’s largest online job portal or on platforms like LinkedIn – there are tens of thousands of positions listed!
 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the second week’s theme is Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity. For more information about NCSAM and StaySafeOnline, please visit: staysafeonline.org/ncsam