Choose the right path & training to start your career in cybersecurity

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The main motive of this blog is to understand the different cybersecurity fields and how you can join cybersecurity for career perspective.

As per the beginner’s point of view, it is important to understand the right path to start anything in your life.

So how do you kick start your career in this field whether you are an IT student or a Non-IT student ( at least have a basic understanding of internet and networks)?

So let’s make it simple because it is necessary to understand what type of knowledge you must have before joining this field.

So let’s divide your knowledge into some categories:-

  1. A good programmer and good command in networking.
  2. Good programmer but not good in networking
  3. Good command over networks but not good in programming
  4. Basic understanding of programming and networking
  5. A general idea about web and network.
  6. Not good in network and programming but wants to join cybersecurity.

So choose a category in which you are good, now I will be explaining all of the mazer fields so choose any as per your knowledge base.

  1. IT  Risk, Governance & Compliance : –  Every organization is based on three pillars (i).people   (ii) process  (iii) Technology.

According to Webopedia

Governance, Risk and Compliance, or GRC for short, refers to a company’s coordinated strategy for managing the broad issues of corporate governance, enterprise risk management (ERM) and corporate compliance with regard to regulatory requirements.

Specifically, the three pillars of GRC are:

  • Governance – The effective, ethical management of a company by its executives and managerial levels.
  • Risk – The ability to effectively and cost-efficiently mitigate risks that can hinder an organization’s operations or ability to remain competitive in its market.
  • Compliance – A company’s conformance with regulatory requirements for business operations, data retention and other business practices

I know these particular definitions looks like very much overblown.

So in simple words  IT Risk, Governance & Compliance the main role of a Security auditor is to make the policies, procedures, and rules that everybody needs to follow as per standards & frameworks like ISO 31000, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, ITIL, etc. These particular policies, procedures & procedures will help an organization to minimize the business risks like loss of data, loss of reputation, loss of trust from people, etc.

So if you are not a core technical person and you have a business mind then this will be one of the best fields for everyone.

2. Security Operational Center –   A SOC will handle, on behalf of a company, any threatening IT incident, and will ensure that it is properly identified, analyzed, communicated, investigated and reported. The SOC also monitors applications to identify a possible cyber-attack or intrusion (event) and determines if it is a genuine malicious threat (incident) and if it could affect business.

So a person should not require to sound too technical, a basic understanding of web and network is sufficient in order to join this domain.

The core responsibilities of a person is to handle the security incidents, collect log from various platforms like websites, application, databases, data centers, servers, systems, firewalls, endpoints, Networks & desktops, etc )  & protect an organisation through many of SIEM tools like HP ArcSight, IBM Qradar, Logrhythm, Alianvault, Splunk, etc. A person just needs to learn these tools and their working flow and can join any organization as a SOC L1 , L2 analyst.

3. Threat Hunter

A threat hunter examine the active adversaries in the infrastructure . A threat hunter should have solid understanding the real world infrastructure attacks life cycle , a solid adversary alike mind to understand the nature of intruders and taking them down . This Profile require both Pentesting and SOC experience .

4. Cyber Forensics & IR : – A DFIR Expert is a digital investigator, collecting and examining evidence from computers, networks and other forms of data storage devices.

For this field person should have knowledge of programming language in malware analysis & reverse engineering. Also for network forensics fluency in Networking required, knowledge of operating systems like Windows, Linux, Mac, also a lot of patience is required in Forensics investigation.

5. Network Security & Configuration Review, Baseline security – The main aim of network Security Analyst is to Pentest the organization’s Internal & Networks like LAN, Wireless, VLAN, Servers and to find out loopholes in these platforms and remediate the issues.

Configuration Review & Baseline security assure that all of the systems are up-to-date with latest patches, Configurations of networks, servers, active directories, Database are well configured and proper policies are implemented for enterprise security.

For this field, Detailed understanding of Networking is required in order to join this field.

6. Web Application Security: – In Web application security field, Security analyst’s responsibilities is to secure the web application, Web services, API from outside attackers.

A good understanding of programming & Networking is required in order to join this domain. you need to perform static analysis and dynamic analysis of web applications in short.

An new era in the web application industry started with a name DEVSECOPS . Organisations designing products and services with heavy duty automation . With heavy duty automation often code level and infrastructure flows together create a lot of blunders . Involvement of security team in devops operations is a must .

7. Mobile Application Security: – Mobile Applications are more trending as compared to websites in today’s era if you have good knowledge of programming language and have an extraordinary mind in order to find out loopholes in the mobile apps then go for this field.

8. IoT security testing: — As per wiki “The Internet of things (IoT) is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware (such as sensors), these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled”

In Simple words IoT = Hardware + Sensors + Mobile App + Cloud + Web

So if you really have a good understanding of programming like machine learning, Python & clean Networking concepts then join this field as per career perspective.

9. Cloud Security – During pandemic a lot businesses shifted themselves with cloud native operations . A large amount of workforce was suddenly needed in this area and it opened doors for hackers . A cloud security guy should understand the Secure Cloud Architecture , implementation of bare metal cloud servers , managing identity and access management , hybrid cloud operations and automation in cloud operations . The main responsibilities of cloud security engineer is to Pentest the cloud infrastructure and validate the insecurities in the cloud native implementations .

 So now which training is more suitable to start your career in the cybersecurity domain Lets Discuss in a short summery .

If you are a newbie and not have any idea about the cybersecurity domain the start off with learning Linux Fundamentals + CCNA Networking + python fundamentals for better learning experience.

then else Join Certcube Certified Ethical Hacker for beginner learnings.

If you have a basic understanding of Cybersecurity alredy then join Offensive CTF  Or Web Application security .

Mobile Application Security & IoT security trainings are for those candidates who need to enhance their skills in a more practical way and want to update their skills from an existing Pentesting knowledge.

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