How to get into Cyber Security - A Recruiters perspective.


As a Cyber Security Recruiter I am often asked for advice on how to break into the sector. Despite the predictions of over 

3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2020 many individuals still struggle to recognise the opportunities that are available to them or are unable to make that transition. Below are some of the key points I think are good to arm yourself with the best possible chance.

Knowledge Is Power

  • If you are serious about breaking into the industry its important to use every possible resource available too you. Absorb as much information on the key people (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Groups), trends & events (News, blogs, forums) and latest tools and technologies.
  • The Open University offers a free course called Introduction to Cyber Security which can give you the basic insight into the sector.  The more you know the more you will be able to understand what part of Cyber Security interests you the most.

Identify and present your transferable skills

  • Now you have conducted your research and invested time in identifying what area of Cyber Security interests you, identify your transferable skills that could help you thrive in the sector.
  • Tailor your CV for every job you’re applying for, adding as much detail as you can around your transferable skills that could be an asset to the company. (Happy to help with this).
  • Although you may not work in a cyber security role now, you could have plenty of technical and soft skills that are valuable to your potential new employer. Examples below:

Technical Skills

  • Coding Skills such as Python or JavaScript.
  • System admin or support experience such as Windows or Linux.
  • Network administration and/or understanding of network architecture and software.

Soft Skills

  • Problem solving skills – being able to analyse and diagnose problems is a large part of Cyber Security.
  • Research and writing skills – these skills are great to have for someone looking to create and enforce cyber security policies & frameworks.

Going the extra mile

You have identified the area you want to work in, you have a tailored CV to fire off to potential job suitors – what do you do next?

  • Be perseverant - Don’t give up. You will be knocked back on plenty of occasions but its important to keep plugging away. Search every job board for roles, not just the obvious ones.
  • Leverage your network – who do you know in this space who could be good to network with? Are there any cyber security recruitment specialists (ahem) who could help?
  • Stand out from the crowd – enrol in courses, take some certifications. Learn something new every day.

Final Thoughts

There are numerous ways to break into Cyber Security and there is no magic formula, however I think doing the above tasks thoroughly and well can definitely help you stand out from the crowd.

Keep your eyes peeled as NDK InfoSec are hosting our own webinar "Transferable skills in a growing cyber security market" on Friday 22nd May @2pm.

We are sitting down with some industry leaders & they would love to hear your questions.

Please get in touch: tom@ndkinfosec.co.uk or 07817444166

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