Cyber Security Jobs

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Are you interested in cybersecurity but unsure about what path to take? Here are different career paths that you could take in the cybersecurity sector.

Chief Information Security Officer

As a Chief Information Security Officer, your job is to oversee the general operations of a company's or organization's IT security division. You would be responsible for planning, coordinating and directing all computer, network and data security needs of their employer. As a CISO, you help to determine an organization's unique cyber security needs.

Estimated Salary: $156,659

Forensic Computer Analyst

As a Forensic Computer Analyst, you get to play detective of the cybersecurity world. Forensic computer analysts review computer-based information for evidence following a security breach or other incident. The tasks that you would be in charge of include handling hard drives and other storage devices and employing specialized software programs in order to identify vulnerabilities and recover data from damaged or destroyed devices.

Estimated Salary: $68,967

Information Security Analyst

As an Information Security Analyst, you will be responsible for the protection of an organization's computer systems and networks. They plan and execute programs and other measures, including installing and using software for data encryption and firewalls. Additionally, ISAs help design and execute plans and methods for the recovery of data and systems following a cyberattack. ISAs must continuously stay on top of the latest industry trends and cyber threats, which involves researching new security technologies and networking with other professionals.

Estimated Salary: $80,865

Penetration Tester

Penetration testers attempt to (with permission) hack into computer and network systems to discover operating system vulnerabilities, service and application problems, improper configurations and more, before outside intruders have the opportunity to cause real damage.

Estimated Salary: $81,356

Security Architect

As a Security Architect you would establish and maintaining network security for his or her organization. Security architects work in all sectors of the economy for companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. They may be employees of companies or independent contractors. In addition to working on specific security systems, security architects develop and implement organization security policies and procedures for employees and others with access to computer, network and data systems.

Estimated Salary: $156,174

IT Security Engineer

IT Security Engineers are responsible for the design of security systems to counter potentially catastrophic issues. Security engineers are often involved in systems maintenance, performing security checks to identify potential vulnerabilities, as well as keeping logs and developing automation scripts to track security incidents.

Estimated Salary: $105,832

Security Systems Administrator

Security Systems Administrators are in charge of installing, administering, maintaining and troubleshooting computer, network and data security systems. The main distinction between security systems administrators and other cyber security professionals is that the security systems administrator is normally the person in charge of the daily operation of those security systems. Their responsibilities include systems monitoring and running regular backups, and setting up, deleting and maintaining individual user accounts.

Estimated Salary: $69,750

IT Security Consultant

IT security consultants meet with clients to advise them on how to best protect their organizations' cyber security objectives efficiently and cost effectively. As an IT Security Consultant, you may have long, flexible hours and may have a fair amount of traveling to client business locations.

Estimated Salary: $85,430

These are some ideas of different areas that you could work in cybersecurity. If cybersecurity is your passion, your next step is to figure out what you want to do with your cybersecurity knowledge and how you want to use it in the workforce.

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Kennedy Lane

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Kennedy Lane is a Senior at Grand Canyon University and currently studying professional writing with a minor in business. She aspires to combine her love for writing and editing into a job in the journalism or publishing industry.
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