There are many jobs in the cyber world today, and many of them are technical (i.e. software engineering). So, once you have the degree, it’s time to move on to the real world. You decide you want to be in the technical part of cyber. Where do you start?
First off, when you start attending school, you will need to network with your instructors and some prospective employers on the outside (employers probably two years into school). This includes, but is not limited to, in-person meetings; LinkedIn; Facebook; Twitter; a security association (i.e. ISSA or ISACA) or school association meetings among other events and gatherings. Before you leave school (probably one year out), start talking to these connections to figure out what they know about job connections and certifications required for those jobs.
If you haven’t already, start looking at the certifications and what is required for them as well as when you can test for them. For Security+, CISSP, Network+, and others, you can schedule via a PearsonVUE testing center. Believe me when I say the certifications, along with your education, will open doors; add the experience you had in school, part-time work, or internships, and you open more doors.
Once you start passing certifications, add them to your resume along with your education and any experience you may have. When you do the resume, always have another person or two look at it, and it can be helpful to find people in your desired field to review the resume before you start passing it to your network. Ensure the resume is no more than two pages long so the recruiters can easily read through it. I have also heard that in cyber, the certifications go toward the top on the first page of the resume and education follows after that.
Places you might consider working are in the federal government contracting sector, National Security Agency (NSA), or the commercial sector. There are students who have done internships with government contractors (i.e. Mitre) during the summer to prove they’re worth the risk when they graduate. There are also commercial companies out there that pay well. Again, network with employees from those companies and allow them to get to know you.
The NSA also visits Regis University to see if they can interest any of the graduates in a career there. I’ve read stories about NSA employees and get the impression that if you want to stay technical your entire career, the NSA is an option.
In conclusion, the online Master of Science in Information Assurance degree from Regis University can pay dividends and make your career a passion. You know what they say about having a job you love; it’s something you enjoy doing every day!
To learn more about the online information assurance program at Regis, call an admissions counselor at 877-820-0581 or request more information.