The Growth of Cybersecurity.
The importance of cybersecurity grows as we continue to rely more and more on technology in our daily lives. In addition, all data is vulnerable to cyber threats, from personal banking to government systems. With increased cybercrime and data breaches, the need for cybersecurity professionals has never been greater. However, cybersecurity has a massive talent gap, with more job openings than qualified candidates. Cybercrime is increasing faster than talent development. If youâ€™re interested in a career in cybersecurity, now is the time to get started. If you need help figuring out where to start, this blog post will guide you on how to get started.
The cybersecurity industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, and itâ€™s expected to continue to grow. There are currently over 500,000 unfilled cyber positions across the country. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2025, and global cybercrime damage is predicted to hitÂ $10.5 trillionÂ annually by 2025. This growth in the industry has created a high demand for cybersecurity professionals with the skills and knowledge to protect against cyber threats.
How to Get Started in Cybersecurity.
The first step to getting started in cybersecurity is to assess your skills and knowledge. The Cyber EQ is an assessment tool that measures your cybersecurity knowledge and skills. By taking the Cyber EQ, you can determine your level of cybersecurity expertise. This is an excellent tool for determining where you stand in the Cyber Talent Pipeline.
After taking the Cyber EQ Assessment, scheduling a complimentary consultation with a Career Architect is important. The Career Architect can help you develop your custom cyber path through the Cyber Talent Pipeline based on your skills, interests, and goals. In addition, they can help you identify the best cybersecurity career path for you and provide guidance on how to get started.
Once you have a plan, itâ€™s time to start building your skills and knowledge. You could become job-ready in as little as 16 weeks. The SCIPP Cyber Talent Pipeline has a plan for you to follow whether you are a starter just entering the cyber field, an advancer, a career changer, or a military veteran. The amount of time it takes and the type of job you can get are determined by multiple factors that include but are not limited to education, experience, and certifications.
Cybersecurity Undergrad Path.
Examples of some of our more common paths for these candidates are the undergrad path. This path suits someone that doesnâ€™t currently have a bachelorâ€™s degree and no cyber experience. The SCIPP Cyber Talent Pipeline has a partnership with Old Dominion University. They offer an exciting Risk Management Undergrad Certificate that can create many opportunities for aspiring cybersecurity professionals.
Cybersecurity Grad Path.
Then there is the grad path, where a current candidate holds a bachelorâ€™s degree but has little to no cyber experience. Through the SCIPP Cyber Talent Pipeline partnership with Old Dominion University, candidates gain access to their graduate certificate in risk management. This way, you can quickly gain hands-on experience through an innovative curriculum.
Military Veterans Cybersecurity Path.
Veterans and transitioning military personnel who served and protected the nation have excellent positioning to move into the cybersecurity field. The SCIPP Cyber Talent Pipeline works with SkillBridge to find cybersecurity training opportunities to help you transition to that next step. There is currently a multitude of options available, as well as internship opportunities.
NICyCs Certification Opportunities.
Those with a bachelorâ€™s and/or cyber-related degree and experience that can be demonstrated and qualified can start immediately with the NICyC certification training options, including the CCRMP, CCDA, CCDFA, CVAMA, or CIR. Through NICyC and its training partners, you can rapidly become cyber job-ready for highly compensated cybersecurity positions.
Trained in Cyber with Certifications?
For those who have already completed some form of schooling and hold a related cyber certificate, the SCIPP Cyber Talent Pipeline can also help you. Upon completing the Cyber EQ, you will speak to a career coach who can work with you to find an open position with one of our many SCIPP partners to get you into employment where you would be most compatible.
Ready to Get Started in Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is a growing industry with a massive talent gap. If youâ€™re interested in a career in cybersecurity, itâ€™s important to assess your skills and knowledge, develop a plan, and gain practical experience. By taking the Cyber EQ and scheduling a complimentary consultation with a Career Architect, you can build your custom cyber path and take the first steps toward a successful career in cybersecurity.
Take the first step and complete the Cyber EQ here, and we will be in touch soon!