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SBN Cybersecurity career paths (Overview)

Introduction — Where the cybersecurity jobs can be found

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field filled with tons of exciting job opportunities. As the threat of cyberattacks looms larger than ever before, companies are scrambling to fill their ranks with professionals who can safeguard their data and networks. From cybersecurity analysts to penetration testers and cybercrime investigators to cybersecurity architects, there’s a role in the field for everyone.

Cybersecurity professionals are found in almost every industry imaginable: government agencies, corporations, universities, financial institutions and even defense/aerospace firms. Any company that handles private data or classified information relies on highly trained specialists to protect their business and customers.

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Thanks to the critical nature of the work, cybersecurity jobs salary are highly lucrative: “Cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,000, or approximately $55.77 per hour. That’s nearly three times the national median income for full-time wage and salary workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” wrote CIO Magazine’s Kenneth Corbin in 2013.

Most cybersecurity professionals don’t get into the field for the paycheck alone. The work is incredibly challenging and requires a balance of finely tuned technical skills with the creativity and flexibility to tackle even the most frustrating problems. While job duties vary between different careers, one thing is true across the board: standing on the front lines of a company’s information security efforts is not only a huge responsibility, but also indispensably valuable.

What cybersecurity careers are in demand?

Cyberattacks happen every day, all over the world. Keeping data safe, secure and out of the hands of cybercriminals is more important than ever. As the need for digital protection rises, so does the demand for talented cybersecurity professionals. Between 2016 and 2026, the field is projected to see a 28% increase in jobs, according to the U. (Read more...)

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