How to Get a Job in Cyber Security
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How to Get a Job in Cyber Security

A beginners guide for outlining a successful career in a cyber security
4.5 (170 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
629 students enrolled
Created by Brandon Spencer
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • FREE downloads to help you plan your career
  • Save countless hours of research on certifications, education, and more...
  • Understand the cyber security industry at a high level
  • Determine what type of cyber security job interests you most
  • Learn what key skills and traits will help you succeed
  • Know what kind of security education you will need
  • Know which security certifications you should get
  • Learn how to get security skills and experience
  • ...and much more
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  • Be ready to work hard to reach your goal!
  • Internet connection (obviously!)
  • A notebook or a text editor to take notes

Are you interested in a cyber security job?

Are you new to cybersecurity and don’t know where to start?

Have you thought about a cyber security job but aren’t sure of what’s required?

If you answered yes to any of these questions…you’re not alone!

...And I can help you.

I created a 7 step process that answers these questions…and much more!

I’ll show you the 7 key steps to planning for your first cyber security job.

I’ll also show you how to plan and grow in your career once you get there.

...And right now is the time to get into a cyber security job.

Cyber security jobs are projected to grow significantly by the year 2020!

"Cisco estimates there are more than 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide." - Mitigating the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage, Cisco .com

Do you want one of those jobs?

If you can imagine protecting critical information from attackers or designing complex security solutions...

...or testing information systems to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities...

Then cybersecurity might be for you!

Message me with any questions or for a coupon code.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is FOR:
  • Beginners interested in a cyber security job
  • Anyone planning or preparing for an entry-level cyber security job
  • -
  • This course is NOT FOR:
  • Anyone expecting to learn technical cyber security
  • Any other IT Jobs. This course can help anyone, but it's focused on cyber security jobs
  • Experienced cyber security professionals. This course is focused on beginners
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
2 Lectures 15:24

Welcome to the course. In this introduction video, we’ll discuss the course objectives, to include my 7 step process that will get you ready for a job in cyber security.

Preview 09:32

Let’s set some course expectations. Let’s also discuss some realistic expectations for your career in cyber security.

Setting Some Expectations
Understanding the Cyber Security Industry (Step 1)
4 Lectures 21:28

Welcome to Step 1: Understanding the cyber security industry. We’ll take a look at what we’re going to cover in this section.

Preview 01:50

In this video, we’ll discuss the purpose of cyber security.

What is Cyber Security

How stable is cyber security? Well, it’s pretty stable. In fact, the projections are huge in terms of growth. I’ll show you some mind blowing numbers in this video.

State of Cyber Security

Why is cyber security so important? We’ll cover some of the reasons organizations and companies depend on good cyber security.

Importance of Cyber Security
Determine Your Security Role (Step 2)
3 Lectures 21:20

Welcome to Step 2: Determine your role.

Cyber security is a broad career field. There are a lot of different roles and opportunities. This video defines the different roles available to you. We’ll also talk about the responsibilities of each role, so you can narrow your focus on what interests you.

Roles of Cyber Security

In this video, we’ll look at the 3 roles I recommend for every newcomer in cyber security. They give you a good start, but allow career growth at the same time.

Entry Level Roles

Let’s take a deeper look at the 3 entry level roles and discuss the responsibilities of each role.

Entry Level Roles In Depth
Making an Impact (Step 3)
4 Lectures 37:01

Welcome to Step 3: Make an Impact.

In order to make an impact, you need to connect with your co-workers and customers. Developing key traits and becoming someone they can trust and count on is vital to your success. In this video, we’ll look at what I call essential attributes and discuss why they’re important.

Preview 03:27

This video covers the essential “soft skill” attributes you need to know to gain trust and work with other team members. These are the forgotten skills of other security training courses.

I call them professional attributes, but these can apply to your personal life as well.

Professional Attributes

You can’t get anything done in cyber security...without a little help. We’ll talk about relationship building and why it’s so important to your success.

Building Key Relationships

In this video, I’ll show you a few simple things you can quickly add value to your organization. Employers want value and impact. And I’ll show you how to quickly add that so you can increase your value to the organization.

How to Add Value
Getting Educated (Step 4)
7 Lectures 33:29

Welcome to Step 4: Getting educated.

Education is important. But it’s not all about going to school. In this video, we’ll look at the different ways you can get educated in cyber security. We'll explore each option in depth in the following lectures.

Preview 02:03

Before we get into the different education types, let's talk about the value cyber security education can add to your career.

The Value of Education

Self-study education is probably one of the most important types of education. It show initiative on your part to stay up to date with current trends technology changes. We’ll look at the different self-study options in this video.

Self-Study Education

Technical school is education that is not self-study, and not really academic. You’ve seen the commercials before I’m sure. In this video, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of technical education for cyber security.

Technical Education

Academic education (college essentially) is the most recognized, most accepted type of education from employers. We’ll review the different types of degrees you can get, and the value of each one in cyber security.

Academic Education

This video alone will save you countless hours and expensive student loans! I visually compare the different degree types and show you how much money you CAN make with the various college degrees.

Degree Comparisons

Download the education planning guide. This simple guide will help you visualize the education options in cyber security.

BONUS Download - Education Planning Cheatsheet
2 pages
Getting Certified (Step 5)
6 Lectures 56:02

Welcome to Step 5: Get Certified. My favorite topic!

First, let’s talk about certifications and what they’re for, before we get into which ones you really need.

About Security Certifications

Security certifications fall into a few different categories. In this video, we’ll discuss the different categories, and how you should focus on your certification needs.

Types of Security Certifications

This video will save you time and money! There are 3 certifications every beginner should focus on. None of the others matter right now. In this video, I’ll show you which ones and why they are the most valuable to you. I’ll even show how much money you can make with a little experience and one of these certifications.

Entry-Level Security Certifications

This video is designed to give you a glimpse of the future. It will help you plan your cyber security career down the road. But it will also give you some motivation of what to look forward to.

Mid-Level Security Certifications

This video is designed to show you the advanced level certifications out there. It will also give you a good idea of the various roles you can do when you get one of these certifications and have the skills to go with it.

Advanced-Level Certifications

Certification Resources
Gaining Relevant Experience (Step 6)
3 Lectures 19:10

Welcome to Step 6: Gaining Relevant Experience.

This is the trickiest of all the steps. Getting experience. In this video, we’ll talk about the different ways you can build your skills, even if you don’t have a job.

Building Your Skills

In this video, we’ll look at how you can get more security experience at work and grow your skills even faster.

Work Experience

You always have room to improve and learn new security skills. We’ll look at the different ways you can do that in cyber security.

Continuous Improvement
Plan your Career Path (Step 7)
2 Lectures 00:00

Download this career guide and fill it out with everything from all the steps. When complete, you’ll have a career plan in place.

BONUS Download - Your Career Planning Cheat Sheet
1 page

Download this list of my personal resources to help you find things like current news, certification vendors, and tools I like to use.

BONUS Download - My Personal Resources Cheat Sheet
9 pages
Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:49

Thanks so much for viewing this course. I hope you found it valuable and can apply some or all of these principals to have a successful cyber security career!

About the Instructor
Brandon Spencer
4.5 Average rating
213 Reviews
748 Students
2 Courses
Cyber Security Engineer, CEH, CISSP, CPTE, Security+

Hi!  I’m Brandon.

I’m the founder of Cyberactive Security, LLC., a security training and consulting company.  I’m also a professional cyber security engineer and architect with over 16 years experience in the field.  

I’ve spent my entire career working with Fortune 500 companies, serving as a security engineer, security architect, security analyst, network engineer, and a telecommunications technician.  This accumulative experience has helped me become a successful and well-rounded security professional, garnering industry recognition from these companies and customers alike.

I specialize mentoring others in security certification instruction, technical skill training, and security career growth and development.

Here are some highlights of my qualifications:

  - 16 years experience in IT

  - 9 years experience in cybersecurity

  - In-depth experience in enterprise and small scale systems

  - Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems

  - Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration

  - CEH, CISSP, CPTE, and Security + certified

Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned professional, we at Cyberactive Security want to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in your security career.

All the best to your success!