A Few Pointers for Developing a Career in Cyber-security
The Internet is now...Safety is the Future
Back in the day prior to the advancements with the internet, every child’s dream was to build careers in professions like medicine, engineering or in entertainment rather than one in cyber-security. But with the evolution of technology in modern times, minds have changed, and thoughts are going towards building careers on the internet, and cyber-security is one option.
So what about it? Why cyber-security, and what is Cyber-security?
Using people, policies, procedures, and technologies to defend companies, their vital systems, and their confidential data from online threats is known as cyber-security.
It is essentially having people play a front line defence role against hackers looking to attack databases for their own profit. Hence, as a cyber-security, their duty is to come up with pro-active actions to keep cyber-criminals at bay or catch them if need be.
With so many Nigerian companies improving with the times in terms of technology, it is expected that cyber-security would increasingly be well sought after going forward due to the opportunities available in it.
According to Cyber-security Ventures, there will be the same number of available cyber-security opportunities in 2025 as there were in 2013, when there were one million of them. A further prediction is that by 2025, cybercrime will have cost $10.5 trillion. Here are some positions you might want to consider, along with their pay ranges, if you’re interested in breaking into this field.
Managers of information security: The annual compensation range for this position is between $150,000 and $225,000.
An average annual compensation for a cyber-security engineer is from $120,000 to $210,000.
Application Security Engineer: $130,000 to $200,000 in annual compensation is the norm.
Of course, as a Nigerian, looking at all these figures, converting this sums in Nigerian naira will heighten further interests to go for this career.
Strong academic credentials alone, however, are insufficient to land certain employment there. These days, employers give preference to cybersecurity professionals who also hold specialized credentials and certificates, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Therefore, bear that in mind while you think about this career.