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Re: Looking for advice on career change into Cyber Security

> rokey1 (Viewer) posted a new reply in Career on 02-11-2019 03:46 PM in the

> I'm
> also interested in the threat and risks within social media, and wonder if I
> could use this as a way to boost my chances of an entry level role.

There's always *lots* of opportunity for improvement there ...

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Re: Looking for advice on career change into Cyber Security

> rokey1 (Viewer) mentioned you in a post! Join the conversation below:

 

> I'm
> quite interested in social engineering, and ethical hacking, however I do not
> have coding skills.

 

You don't necessarily need coding skills, although knowing a few languages (particularly assembly or machine language) helps a lot.

 

Social engineering doesn't really help you much in terms of defence.  Protecting *against* social engineering requires significant knowledge of education and psychology.

 

Ethical hacking definitely needs tech skills, and plenty of them. If you are simply going to use commonly available tools to do some fuzzing attacks, well, clients could do that themselves. You need to know network and operating system internals to make a contribution in that area.

 

> I came to this
> forum for support, hopefully your response could be exactly that

 

You gonna take any of the advice?


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Re: Looking for advice on career change into Cyber Security

The field seems to be saturated with lots of "CISSP guys". I don't know if you absolutely need this cert even though you are not going to be managing anything in the beginning.

Job descriptions can be pretty unrealistic but again that is in any IT field. Be prepared to write on your resume that you have Cisco + CompTia + Oracle + French + Japanese and 50 years of experience... or be very good at lying about having those skills (yes, people DO lie to put bread on their tables when applying for unrealistic job postings).

I suggest getting into GRC Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Management which is, well, the name explains it all....basically business security and is more streamlined in terms of career, I'd say it has a broader scope than cyber sec because in GRC you will measure the effectiveness of cyber sec among other things, cyber sec is just cyber sec but if you like it go for it.

Keep in mind that technical positions generally make less money than managerial/governance positions which is why I left software engineering to go into business analysis/GRC.