4 tips to help you become a cyber security expert

Now is the perfect time for those in the Middle East to begin or advance their cyber security careers. The region is expected to see more than 45,000 new jobs in the sector by 2020, and 27% of hiring managers believe their cyber security departments will grow by 15% or more. 

Many of those jobs require a foundational knowledge of cyber security, making them perfect for someone looking for a way into the industry. However, there is always a need for experts, and these are usually the hardest positions to fill. 

Whether you’re just getting started with cyber security or are ready to take the next step, here are four things everybody should do. 

1. Gain work experience  

As with most industries, you’re more likely to get ahead in cyber security if you have experience. This is true no matter how advanced the position you’re looking at. 

Internships and entry-level jobs are ideal starting points, but if your current commitments mean this isn’t an option, you could look for volunteer positions. Similarly, you could offer to help your employer or academic institution’s IT department in your spare time. 

Those already in the industry should heed the same advice. It’s always a good idea to take on additional responsibilities (provided you don’t overwork yourself) so you can hone your skills. Look for opportunities in your current job, such as cross-departmental projects. 

2. Study  

If you’ve studied cyber security, you’ll know that it’s full of complex and varied topics. Rod Rasmussen, vice president of cyber security at Infoblox, recommends that beginners learn the IT fundamentals. 

“We’ve seen this as necessary for even folks like FBI or other law enforcement officers who have the investigatory or ‘finding bad guys’ part down really well,” he said. 

“That will serve you well in cyber, but regardless of your background, you need those building block fundamentals in IT in order to create an effective new career in cybersecurity.”  

Books and e-learning courses are useful tools, particularly for those already in the industry, as they allow you to study specific topics at your own pace.  

3. Network  

Sometimes the best way of landing a job is to meet people and make connections. Networking websites such as LinkedIn can be helpful – you might be interested in joining our Cyber Security (GCC) LinkedIn group

4. Get qualified 

The one sure-fire way to demonstrate to employers that you have the knowledge and skills to fill a position is to gain the necessary qualifications. There are training courses for every aspect of cyber security, but the most popular are those related to ISO 27001, the international standard for information security. 

ISO 27001 is the most widely adopted cyber security standard in the world, and it covers a broad range of topics, making related qualifications versatile and highly sought after. 

Our ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Online training course is the ideal starting point for anyone who wishes to build a career in information security management.  

Developed by the team that led the world’s first ISO 27001 certification project, it gives you a complete introduction to the Standard and an overview of the key implementation activities.  

This one-day course, which runs on 29 January 2019, is delivered by an experienced ISO 27001 practitioner, and combines formal training, practical exercises and relevant case studies.  

Those who are looking for an advanced qualification should consider our ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer Online training course. 

This three-day course runs 29–31 January 2019, and covers the nine key steps involved in planning, implementing and maintaining the Standard’s requirements. 

ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Online
ISO27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer Online