A guide for transitioning professionals and recruiters.
I’ve decided to take moment to reflect on who and what were beneficial to me during my journey to become a cyber security professional. In this brief guide, I go over security expertise requirements, best practices, and recommendations for individuals looking to transition into security professionals. This is also a useful pocket guide for recruiters in selecting talented candidates and snuffing out less than credible or incompetent professionals diluting our field. We’re going to cover:
- Briefly comparing backgrounds
- Prerequisite Knowledge
- Understanding just how large the security profession is
- Examine the security foundations, credentials, experience, and trends
- Setting realistic salary expectations
- Spotting good candidates and recruiters for long-term relationships
- Closing and additional resources
I’m going to provide my background so that you may consider it as you read and compare it with your own as you think about my transition recommendations. My name is Dennis Chow and presently, I’m the CISO of a small consulting group in the Texas region (SCIS Security). I’ve also worked for and with many different employers of varying verticals and sizes. My journey has been moving mostly up from IT general practitioner work and through the the varying stages of security professional titles ultimately winding up in the red team side after many years. In tandem for a time; I was a grunt systems technologist in the Air Force (nothing to do with cyber security).
Source: How To Start A Career in Cyber Security – The Startup – Medium