The ins and outs of the information security field can sometimes be difficult to process. But the good news is you can get some of your questions answered in our information security FAQ below!
What skills are important to a career in information security?
If you’re interested in working in information security it’s important that you excel at critical thinking and problem solving, have great IT skills and are extremely detail oriented. If you enjoy working with computers and software, analyzing data and monitoring processes you may be well-suited to this field.
Is there certification for information security?
If you’re interested in getting certified for information security there are a variety of options to choose from. (ISC)2 is a global not-for-profit organization that provides IT security certifications and training programs to help verify your proficiency. Their certification programs include:
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) recognizes information security leaders with the sills to design, develop and manage the overall security of a company. It includes concentrations in subject areas like architecture, engineering and management.
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) recognizes information security practitioners with the sills to manage the overall security policies of an organization.
- Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) recognizes key qualifications of managers who authorize and maintain information systems.
- Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) recognizes key qualifications of developers who build hacker-resistant software applications.
- Certified Cyber Forensic Professionals (CCFP) recognizes digital forensics professionals with the required skills and experience in forensic techniques and procedures.
- HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) recognizes the key qualifications of healthcare information security and privacy practitioners.
What professional organizations can I join?
Joining a professional organization could be a great way to build contacts and keep up on the latest industry trends. The organization that you choose to join will likely depend on your experience and intended career path.
Some examples of information security organizations include the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Information Technology – Information Security Association (ISACA), the Association of Information Security Professionals (AiSP) and the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC).
What are some interesting information security jobs?
Information security can be an exciting industry to work in. Below are three jobs that are a little more out of the box than your typical positions.
Information Security Crime Investigators analyze how cyber attackers breach security systems or networks.
Network Penetration Testers essentially hack networks to identify vulnerabilities and help improve their security.
Chief Information Security Officers are the head honchos who are in charge of an organization’s entire computer security system.
How can earning a master’s help my career?
If you’re interested in pursuing a higher level position – such as Chief Information Security Officer – earning a master’s degree in information security could be beneficial because it could help provide you with the knowledge, skills and credentials to make you more appealing to employers. Earning a master’s degree could also potentially help you earn more money than you would with a bachelor’s degree alone.[i]
If you are interested in this field, browse available Cybersecurity and Network Security programs here.