How to get an entry-level cybersecurity job in 2021

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The unicorn

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“I have to hire this person.”

Prove, don’t just tell

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“How am I proving that I’m truly passionate about cybersecurity?”

  • Write blog posts.
  • Start your own cybersecurity project to build on your foundational education.
  • Share articles (via social media) you’ve read that you find interesting, including what you learned.
  • Attend events or webinars and tell people on social media what you learned or found interesting about each.
  • Join industry associations or groups and actively participate.

I want to be a pen tester or SOC analyst

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  • Awareness and Education
  • Communications
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Privacy
  • Application Security
  • Cloud Security
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Third Party Supply Chain Risk
  • Data Protection
  • Business Continuity
  • Incident Response
  • Digital Forensics
  • Policies, Standards, and Guidelines
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Quality Assurance and Testing
  • Program/Project Management
  • Business Analysis

The world is built on relationships

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So you got an interview

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Key takeaways

  • If you’re truly passionate about cybersecurity, differentiate yourself by proving it.
  • There is so much more to cybersecurity than being a pen tester or SOC analyst.
  • Relationships and networks matter, even at entry-level.
  • Learn how to interview well: there are literally guides on how to do it right.

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Cyber Risk. Cybersecurity. Business. Tech. Entrepreneur. CEO at Avertro. Former CTO at McAfee Asia Pacific.

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Ian Yip

Ian Yip

Cyber Risk. Cybersecurity. Business. Tech. Entrepreneur. CEO at Avertro. Former CTO at McAfee Asia Pacific.

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