A Day In The Life Of A Cybersecurity Professional

Information security and cyber security are significant, interconnected professions within the computer science field. The field appeals to those who enjoy problem solving, research, and documentation. To give a comprehensive look into the job - the following outline will give a glimpse into a day in the life of a cybersecurity professional.

Qualifications

An advanced professional will hold a BS in a field such as information technology with a focus in an area such as computer forensics. They may also hold an MS in an area such as internet security. Certifications are also needed in many cases. These certifications can include:

  • Comp TIA Security+
  • CISSP
  • CEH

On An Average Day

A normal day for professionals within the computer science field often include reviews of current security architecture, as well as a review of how well its design is working. It will involve conducting and analyzing any vulnerabilities through the use of scans, in order to better develop mitigation strategies. The amount of time required will be directly connected to the size of your company and its networks. These processes involve scrutinizing design diagrams that detail ports and protocols. Mitigation strategies are then engaged which also often include CND regulations, DoDIA, DIACAP processes along with any necessary technical requirements connected to any other related regulations. The results of these reviews often lead to the need to then analyze, review and develop DIACAP packages or more C and A documentation in unison with the DIACAP accreditation process.  

A Project Example

One common project on an average day for professionals within the computer science field is to serve as an IA toolbox for site security management. This means providing patch management, centralization of backup, and log management for networks that are likely small to medium in size. 

Skills and Education Required

Great communication skills are only one small part of the required talents for this field. Documentation is an essential part of service to customers which means a very strong technical background is required. This means being deeply familiar with operating systems, hardware and networks. 

Troubleshooting, multitasking and problem solving are common needs during these processes. Obviously college degrees with specific focusing on the area of interest is going to be mandatory, and taking this education at least through the MS level will be the most productive and profitable as a career path goal.

Obtaining the certifications mentioned above are only one small part of getting in the door at an average sized company. Proven experience and previous success on effective network cybersecurity teams will also be necessary. Higher degrees are mandatory for qualification of any promotion opportunities within any organization.

The trajectory for cybersecurity includes taking computer forensic courses as well as courses in security design. The study will require the delivery of technical papers as well as volumes of research. and then - documentation, documentation, documentation.

Staying Abreast of Constantly Changing Vulnerabilities 

Finding ways to effectively remedy vulnerabilities while also remaining current with all of our latest developments in security requirements is truly the biggest thrust in the research aspect of the job.  Cybersecurity professionals have largely limitless career movement opportunities.

With a forensic background, a professional is qualified to work for the government or law enforcement - and even in malware analysis. Any industry with an online presence is in need of this specialty for professions within the computer science field.

Cybersecurity always includes limitless amounts of research and analysis. the goal is always solution - not simply documentation of issues and problems. The system needs to be easy to use as well as secure, which means the processes are always customer-driven.

 

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