If you’re thinking of a future career in Cyber Security, you’ll be glad to hear that:
Cyber Security is a growing industry
- According to Job Outlook future growth in this industry is very strong, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.7% from 2021 to 2026 (Source: Researchandmarkets.com) globally
- There were 50,500 Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security in 2020 in Australia and this expected to reach 60,500 by 2025
- Australia is currently short of 2300 workers in cyber security, with an expected demand of at least 17,600 additional professionals in the sector by 2026. (Source: institutedata.com)
The Worldwide Cybersecurity Industry is Expected to Reach $345.4 Billion by 2026 (Source: Researchandmarkets.com)
In 2020 Australian spent approximately $5.6 billion on cyber security, expected to increase to $7.6 billion by 2024. (Source: Austercyber.com)
- Eight in ten Australians access the internet daily and 79% use social media all putting valuable information online which can be stolen or exploited posing risks to our privacy, safety, economy and potentially our national security. (Sources: sensis.com.au and industry.gov.au)
Work Life Balance
Role in this industry can be rewarding with:
- High salaries and lots of opportunities
- Being a high-demand job
- High career progression
- The opportunity to be self-employed
- Chance to work remotely anywhere in the world
- You’re always learning
The downsides to consider could include:
- High-stress and demanding hours
- Companies lack knowledge and/or resources
- Some repetitive or boring tasks
- Less room for mistakes
- Difficulty keeping up with fast-paced trends and emerging new information
How to get into Cyber Security
There are lots of pathways into a career in Cyber Security – training and qualification are often required.
Lots of universities offer undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and all kinds of other qualifications in Cyber Security. Have a look at all of your VET options and other courses that are available, decide which could be the right path for you.
Build on your technical aptitude (yes you’ll definitely need to be tech savvy for roles in this industry) skills, including knowledge of security across various platforms. A foundation knowledge in computer forensics could be beneficial too, and you’ll need to learn some “ethical hacking” skills so that you can understand how a system could be breached, and in turn, create effective solutions for thwarting these attacks.
Alternatives to Work Experience
Finding work experience in this industry could be tricky for a number of reasons from the fact that workers are busy, their work is sensitive, and they often work remotely. So what can you do instead?
Our first piece of advice would be to worry a little bit less. It’s incredibly difficult to source qualified devs and cyber security experts because they are so in demand – in fact some companies are offering bonuses to uni grads to sign on straight away.
The next piece of advice would be to do two things:
- Start a blog or channel on medium, and build your thought leadership in your space. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile then set one up, and connect with your teachers and people in your industry who you may want to work with. Write about the things that matter to your industry, and don’t worry about getting everything ‘perfect’, just get yourself out there. Networks will help you get a job.
- Start working on your own tech. Build sites, even if they’re just for your friends businesses, and play around with what you can create. Set yourself projects and give yourself work experience. You may find that other professionals in your industry are more happy to help you out if they know you’re working on a ‘project’, and sometimes one or two conversations with the right people can be more powerful than a week of work experience.
Our last tip would be to make sure you’re working on your core skills, as well as your technical skills. An understanding of business, design, and people will put you ahead of lots of the competition and make you an asset to any organisation.
You could focus on:
- Interpersonal skills
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Attention to detail
- Self motivation
Check out Innovation Labs near you e.g. WSU – get in touch with them and push to meet the startups working there, and you never know where things may lead.