Episode 14

Published on:

10th Oct 2023

Ep15: How I Got a Job in Cyber Security without Experience

Getting a job in cybersecurity without direct experience can be challenging but not impossible. Here are some strategies to help you break into the field:

  1. Education and Certifications: Obtain foundational certifications like CompTIA Security+ and consider advancing to others like CISSP, CEH, or Cisco's CCNA Cyber Ops.
  2. Network: Attend cybersecurity conferences, seminars, and meetups. Engage with professionals and peers in events like DEFCON or platforms like Meetup.com.
  3. Internships and Entry-Level Positions: Pursue internships or related entry-level positions, such as IT support roles, to gain relevant industry experience.
  4. Projects and Portfolio: Establish a home lab, explore security tools, or conduct ethical hacking on systems where you have permission. Document and showcase your endeavors.
  5. Online Platforms: Engage in platforms like Hack The Box, TryHackMe, or participate in Capture The Flag (CTF) challenges to hone practical skills.
  6. Blogs and Publications: Write about cybersecurity topics to demonstrate your knowledge and passion for the field.
  7. Additional Training: Use platforms like Cybrary, Udemy, and Coursera to take courses in cybersecurity and further develop your skills.
  8. Soft Skills: Highlight your analytical, problem-solving abilities, and other vital soft skills that are in demand in cybersecurity roles.
  9. Transferrable Skills: Emphasize skills from previous roles or experiences that can be applied to a cybersecurity position.
  10. Stay Updated: Regularly update your knowledge on the latest trends, news, and threats in the cybersecurity domain.
  11. Further Education: Depending on your aspirations, consider pursuing degrees in cybersecurity or related disciplines.
  12. Seek Mentorship: Connect with industry professionals who can provide guidance, insights, and potential introductions.
  13. Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Contribute to local non-profits, schools, or community centers by offering cybersecurity services or training.
  • Use the experience to develop practical skills and expand your professional network.
  • Highlight your dedication to the industry and community on your resume.

Starting Your Own Business:

  • Demonstrate your entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, and proactive approach.
  • Gain hands-on experience by tackling real-world cybersecurity challenges for clients.
  • Develop and hone both technical and business skills, such as client relations and project management.
  • Establish credibility through success stories, case studies, or client testimonials.

With a combination of these strategies, you can build a robust resume and gain valuable experience, positioning yourself effectively for a career in cybersecurity, even if you're starting without direct experience in the field.


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Marc David is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the host of the cybersecurity podcast, Byte-Sized Security. He has over 15 years of experience in the information security field, specializing in network security, cloud security, and security awareness training. Marc is an engaging speaker and teacher with a passion for demystifying complex security topics. He got his start in security as a software developer for encrypted messaging platforms. Over his career, Marc has held security leadership roles at tech companies like Radius Networks and Vanco Payment Solutions. He now runs his own cybersecurity consulting and training firm helping businesses and individuals implement practical security controls. When he’s not hosting his popular security podcast, you can find Marc speaking at industry conferences or volunteering to teach kids cyber safety. Marc lives with his family outside of Boston where he also enjoys running, reading, and hiking.