Starting your Career in Cybersecurity

There are many routes and avenues you can take to get in the Security field. Unfortunately, that leaves people at a disarray as they don't know where to start due to the many options. Fortunately, you are able to tailor and cultivate the experience based on your interests. 

First things first, acquire the fundamental knowledge of Security. 

Get Certified Get Ahead by Darril Gibson is the first book I laid my hands on. This book covers out the fundamentals and also prepares you for the Security+ certification. Not only does it provide the basics, it's also an easy and interesting read for someone new to the field. It's not overloaded with excessive industry talk, but covers the important topics

in a concise and simple way for the prospective cyber warrior.

Take Top Entry Level Security Certifications 

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ - CompTIA is a globally recognized neutral vendor organization. This is the certification I attained. They provide a plethora of IT certifications

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals

 Microsoft offers study materials and certifications to guide new and upcoming IT and Security professionals. You can take the 98-367 exam to learn Security fundamentals. This is recommended if you have experience in Active Directory,  Windows-base Server, firewalls,  

GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

 Although this is an entry level certification, GIAC certification covers advanced technical subject areas to measure specific skills and knowledge areas rather than general Security knowledge.

​Access Free Security Training Websites  - Cybrary Offers free IT and Cybersecurity training. Courses are taught by well experienced professionals in the industry.

SANS Cyber Aces - SANS is one of the most trusted and the largest organization for information security training and security certification in the world. Offers free online courses

Professor Messer  - Professor Messer is the CompTIA training guru. You can access all his videos via Youtube and study materials on his site. This is a great resource for anyone preparing for a compTIA exam (A+, Network+, Security+, or Cisco training). Most videos never goes over 20 minutes, which makes it the perfect resource while on the go.

Get Connected

Use Online platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Instagram to connect with Security professionals.

  • LinkedIn: join Cybersecurity groups, follow hashtags like #cybersecurity #informationsecurity #infosec

  • Twitter: Follow Cybersecurity organizations and companies like, @briankrebs - Krebs on Security, @NIST, @threatintel.

Join local Cybersecurity organizations in your local area

#cybersecurity #informationsecurity #securityengineer #career

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