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Top 5 Trending & High Paying Cybersecurity Careers
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Cyberattacks occur every day and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. That’s why securing hardware, software and digital information is more crucial than ever. However, there is currently a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals to fill security roles. In fact, it’s expected that within the next two years, there will be as many as 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs available.

With the right preparation, training and elbow grease, you can achieve some of these roles in a relatively short amount of time. Let's take a quick look at the top five.

 

Penetration Tester  

A penetration tester is a type of  security consultant that tries to break into or find possible exploits in different computer systems and software. Penetration testing is exactly what it sounds like. Using a framework such as the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), a penetration tester will assess an organizations resiliency to known vulnerabilities, misconfiguration and overall attack surface of the assessed systems and networks.

Salary Range - $80,000 to $130,000

Network Security Engineer

This is a multifaceted position; tasked with maintaining your LAN, WAN and server architecture while also maintaining and monitoring virtual networks, firewalls, email security and web protocols, and programs. When it comes to a business’s computer network, you can never be too secure, and this role helps guarantee your company’s network is safe and secure.

Salary Range - $125,000 - $185,000

Cybersecurity Analyst

These security professionals help create, plan, and carry out security measures to keep your infrastructure secure. They keep constant tabs on threats and monitor their organization's networks for any breaches in security.

Salary Range - $90,000 - $160,000

Application Security Engineer

Application or AppSec Engineers are responsible for designing, developing and implementing security controls and processes to identify, monitor, and harden software vulnerabilities in both the source code and live applications. Conversely, web application penetration testing is the assessment of a web application's resilience to web application attacks and known vulnerabilities. AppSec ensures organizations' software adhere to a secure development lifecycle which is considerably easier said than done!

Salary Range - $120,000 - $180,000

Cybersecurity Engineer

Companies invest in these professionals for their skill sets and experience. They are primarily responsible for designing, developing, and implementing secure network solutions to defend against advanced cyberattacks, hacking attempts, and persistent threats.

Salary Range - $120,000 - $180,000

Changing careers is never easy. However long or how far you've already traveled down your particular career path can make the thought of changing careers a little intimidating. Often, people who are unhappy with their jobs stay put simply because they are unsure of how their skills can translate to other career aspirations. Beyond the required technical knowledge, many people transition into a cyber career leveraging their current hard and soft skills. To that end, it is often overlooked, but the reality is that inter-personal and soft skills are in great demand in the cyber field and your current skills may be more applicable to a successful transition than you give credit.

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