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Tips to Get a Job in Cybersecurity

14/12/2018
by Cathy Houghton

Current Issue: Cyber Security Talent Shortage

Cybersecurity is a field that is becoming more important by the day. Cyber-criminals are getting bold and more innovative as technology advances. With businesses relying more and more on new tech, like smartphones and tablets, the level of cyber-attacks has never been higher.


Companies are looking for ways to up the ante and protect their valuable data from outside attacks, which has created a need for trained professionals who can guard against attacks.

Therefore the cybersecurity industry is booming at the moment. There’s just one small issue — there are a large demand and a serious skills shortage, especially in the U.K.

It’s been seen as a severe issue that according to Wired, the shortage has led the government to institute a program to teach kids about cybersecurity in their spare time.

For the job-seeker, it’s fantastic news. There’s a definite call for skills in this area, and if you have the requisite training, you can just about name your price.

However, where do you start? Which training should you be considering?

In the second part of this post, we’ll go through exactly what you need to get your career off to a good start.

How to Get Started

The catch is that you can’t just do some random firewall training course and call yourself an expert. You need to consider more formalised CSSA certification training if you want companies to take you seriously.

Sonicwall training and certification courses are designed to give you the skills that you need to succeed in this arena. Sonicwall training focuses not only on the basic computer skills that you’ll need but also practical problem-solving solutions so that you can get to the root of the issue fast.

You can take your Sonicwall certification as far as you like. The SNSA Sonicwall is the ideal starting point for a networking pro who is going to oversee running the security procedures in a company. Once you’ve passed your Sonicwall SNSA exam, consider your career started.

You can opt to stop there or to move on to the CSSP qualification. This consists of courses that are more advanced and will enable you not only to operate security systems, but also to set them up, optimise them, and find out why they’re not working as well as they should.

Qualifications in this industry are extremely important, but it’s also essential to ensure that you practice your newly learned skills. Companies want to see qualifications, but more importantly, they want to understand how you approach problem-solving.

After all, there’s going to be a steep learning curve once you’re in a real-world environment. Companies want to know that you can tackle any unexpected challenge.

That’s why it may be a smart move to take a lower paid job when after earning your credentials. Make sure that it’s a position that will offer you a decent level of hands-on experience to learn as much as you can. This also gives you a good grounding in the field and shows employers that you have the right attributes as well.

Being a cyber-security professional means being able to think outside the box and react quickly to threats. Getting first-hand experience is the only real way to prove that you know how to apply your training.

Check out www.sonicwall-sales.com for a more in-depth overview of the training we offer.

Reference Video: NOVA PBS Official