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Newcomer I

Re: is a degree required for entry level cybersecurity jobs?

As a hiring manager (within InfoSec), I ask for a degree or translated years of experience. For example, in lieu of a bachelors, 4 years of work experience conducting security activities. OR a combination of experience and credible certifications.

 

There has to be some type of credential or trail that verifies your abilities. 

Newcomer II

Re: is a degree required for entry level cybersecurity jobs?


@antoniodbrown07 wrote:

As a hiring manager (within InfoSec), I ask for a degree or translated years of experience. For example, in lieu of a bachelors, 4 years of work experience conducting security activities. OR a combination of experience and credible certifications.

 

There has to be some type of credential or trail that verifies your abilities. 


First i wanted to thanks everyone for their opinions.

 

i would agree 1000% with you there @antoniodbrown07, but my post was specific, a degree needed for that entry level job, as it's amusing to see jobs calling themselves entry level but requiring CISSP as a certification. 

To me , which ever way one educates themselves, whether though a degree, certificates or self study, then more power to them, as the important thing is having people with skillsets, least in my humble opinion.

 

Contributor III

Re: is a degree required for entry level cybersecurity jobs?

A better way to think of it may not be degree or no degree, but the routes you might take to enter the field.  One thing to be aware of with particular qualifications is that there's an experience qualifier, such as, with ISC2 qualifications.  So looking at if from a potential entrants perspective you can't get the qualification without the experience and it's difficult to gain entry without a relevant qualification.  So I'd go back to look at qualifications that don't have such an experience qualifier, take those first and try to get some parctical work experience in the field.  

 

You could become a paper CISSP or ISO27001 Lead Audit in week, but to perform well in the workplace you need several years practical experience.  Have a relevant degree or specific industry qualification will give you a foot in the door, but you'll still have to convince someone to hire you.  

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Steve Wilme CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP MCIIS