- You can also begin actively networking by joining a local chapter of a computer security association such as the Information Systems Security Association and by participating in activities such as forums and conferences. Many of these organizations also promote study groups to help members earn their security certification. This will bring up another dilemma frequently discussed among Infosec Professionals: Will a certificate grant me a job? My personal answer to that one is no, but the trick I learnt was: If you absorb the information studied to achieve the certification rather than just memorizing it for the test, you get a head start when pursuing the first Information Security job and demonstrates that you’re a self-learner and proactive professional, two qualities very appreciated by organizations nowadays.
- Another way to begin an information security career is to start your own security consulting firm. This is the route many former self taught hackers/crackers have taken after they’ve established that they have the skill set to do computer security. Even being convicted of a crime is not a bar (sometimes it even boosts your career ;-)) to getting an information security job , since many of those who have served jail time have successfully gone straight and rehabilitated themselves, going on to become successful security consultants. Free-lance IT security professionals, in particular, should expect to see job growth, since many companies are trimming down their IT costs by outsourcing their computer security needs.
Once you’ve established that you have the qualifications for an information security career, you can begin looking for positions online (My Infosec Job is here for you! 🙂 ). In my case, being an Information Security Professional with experience plus certifications opened some doors abroad, and that’s definitely achievable if you plan. If you don’t want to relocate, you may be able to find jobs locally by networking through your contacts in the security association that you have joined.
I would appreciate to hear your comments and experiences in the topic!
Adriano Dias Leite
PS: Although using the words “Information Security”, the same rules apply when searching for IT Security, Compliance and Risk Management jobs.
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