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The current scenario of Cyber Security is certainly worrying: cyber threats are constantly lurking and risks rise, also because of the constant spread of digital and IT devices.


While the potential attack surface we expose to cyber criminals increases, the Cyber Security jobs are becoming increasingly strategic.


In 2021, there are 3.5 million job vacancies globally in Cyber Security, a sector that grew by 350% from 2013 to 2021.


The unemployment rate in Cyber Security has been 0% since 2011.


Interesting premises, therefore.


But what are the most interesting jobs in this sector?


I selected five.


1) Ethical Hacker

The ethical hacker performs advanced penetration tests on a company’s computer systems to check if there are any weaknesses or breaches already in place.

The intervention of the ethical hacker is essential to prevent and mitigate all system vulnerabilities that could be exploited to violate or damage the company.

It is a role that allows you to fully understand how systems work and how criminals think.


2) Digital Forensics Analyst

The digital forensic analyst works closely with law enforcement to investigate cybercrime.

The forensic analyst is in fact able to collect evidence on digital devices (computer, smartphone, cloud), in order to determine what really happened.

Ideal if you have an investigative mindset, the chances of learning never end as technologies continually evolve.


3) Malware Analyst

The malware analyst studies malicious software in depth to understand the nature of the threat, its behaviour and purpose.

This function is very important because it allows a quick and effective response to contain an ongoing cyber attack or to understand what happened, in case of attacks that have already occurred, and prevent the problem from recurring.

The role of the malware analyst offers a great opportunity to hone your investigative skills by confronting cybercriminals who instead try to obfuscate their software threats as much as possible.


4) Cyber Security Manager

The Cyber Security Manager manages security systems and solutions projects that protect the resources and data of an organization.

Coordinating with other Cyber Security specialists, he verifies each phase of the project and ensures that the objectives are achieved on time and within budget as well as quality standards.

It is the perfect role to test your organizational and management skills, as well as your understanding of the dynamics of Cyber Security.


5) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

The CISO supervises and is responsible for the entire security strategy of an organization, effectively acting as a link between the technical department and the company’s managers.

This role requires excellent leadership qualities and a thorough understanding of an organization’s cyber security as well as business dynamics.

It is a senior position of great responsibility, which usually reports directly to the CEO of the company.


Therefore, not only technical roles, but also functions where organizational and management skills are important.


What are the main skills for Cyber Security then?


Technical skills (hard skills) first of all: the in-depth knowledge of the various operating systems and main applications, of computer networks, of programming languages (in particular scripting).


Based on the chosen area, specific skills will also be needed, from incident response to compliance.


But soft skills also have their relevance: organizational and managerial skills, analytical and deductive intellectual abilities, lateral thinking, problem solving attitude, attention to the details, team work predisposition, communication skills.


So how do you become an expert in Cyber Security?


If for the technical roles university is not ready to entirely prepare for all the Cyber Security roles, although it is rapidly catching up with vertical paths.


For non-technical roles, a degree in computer science or business management may be useful, as well as a master’s or professional certification in project management.


In general, certifications and specific courses can broaden skills and increase the chances of success.


But, above all, it is useful to acquire a lot of practice in the field and continuously update.


Good job!

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Cyber ​​attacks are always on the rise, and both the monthly frequency and the criticality are growing because cyber criminals are increasingly determined and precise in their operations.

The victims are the most disparate and no sector is now protected from cybercrime which uses different techniques to pursue the result by penetrating the targeted systems, obtaining data, information or infiltrating malicious software.

On the other hand, digital is increasingly widespread and we all rely every day on computers and smartphones (spoiler: smartphone is a computer!). This exposes us more and more to Cyber ​​risks and threats.

At this point Cybercrime is the main motivation of cyber attacks and more valuable than drugs market. If Cybercrime were a country, it would be the third largest economy in the world after the US and China.

In 2021 Cybercrime causes $6 trillion in damage globally and this figure is expected to increase.

It is therefore a priority to be aware of the situation around us, as well as to stay updated on Cyber ​​Security issues, whose purpose is in fact to protect assets, not only data or IT systems, but everything that has value and is important for companies and people.

In the case of pacemakers connected to the internet or electric cars, for example, we are also talking about human lives because every device connected to the network can potentially be violated.

So, if on the one hand, as we have seen, the value and importance of Cyber ​​Security are undeniable, on the other hand there is still a serious shortage of positions in this sector.

Globally, there are currently 3.5 million job vacancies in the IT security sector, 400,000 in Europe alone, 2 million in the Asia and Pacific regions.

The growth rate in this sector was 350% from 2013 to 2021, a figure never seen before.

And since 2011 the unemployment rate is 0%.

With these tempting premises, why are there no more Cyber ​​Security employees and young people find it hard to choose this course of study?

In part this certainly depends on the still erroneous perception of these functions.

Working in Cyber ​​Security is considered an exclusively technical occupation for which you need a special predisposition, or something reserved only for nerds. Nothing more wrong!

Technical activities are certainly needed, and in this case, the necessary hard skills can be learned.

Positions that are not necessarily technical are also needed to cover managerial, legal, marketing, sales and communication needs.

So, certainly technical skills are useful, but soft skills are equally fundamental: skills such as analytical and deductive reasoning, lateral thinking, predisposition to problem solving, attention to detail, the ability to work in a team and strong communication abilities are more important than you think.

Training it is also essential as well as a good (or better excellent) knowledge of English, curiosity and the desire to continue learning.

But it is above all by leaving your comfort zone that you grow more.

Good job!

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