The 10 Coolest Information Security Careers

5 – Forensic Analyst

The professional holding this position analyzes computer systems to identify who is the responsible for the misuse of a system, or to detect whether a certain application was used to commit a crime. His task doesn’t end there: the forensic analyst is responsible for preserving, documenting and interpreting computer evidence subject to legal rules and guidelines.

Where to look for a job: Information Security Services Provider and consultancy companies, major organizations where security is paramount (banking, financial, health, etc).

4 – System, Network and Web Penetration Tester

This job involves attempting to penetrate systems, networks and applications in order to detect their vulnerabilities so that companies can correct flaws and improve their security. The tester must be able to identify flaws in security and bring up possible solutions, as well as providing suggestions on how to better allocate security resources. This information security career is also known as white-hat hacking, ethical hacking and pentesting.

Where to look for a job: Information Security services providers and consultancy companies, major organizations where security is paramount (banking, financial, health).

3 – Information Security Forensics Expert

This information security career involves analyzing the aftermath of a systems security breach by hackers in order to determine how the breach occurred and which of the company’s systems may have been compromised. This position requires security professionals with updated forensic and reverse engineering skills, as well as an awareness of the latest methods of exploiting system vulnerabilities.

Where to look for a job: Information Security services providers and consultancy companies, government agencies.

2 – Malware Analyst

This information security career involves reverse-engineering malicious software such as viruses and spyware in order to determine how they attack computer systems and how they spread as well as define signatures that could indicate their presence within a system. This profession requires a deep knowledge of high and low level programming languages.

Where to look for a job: Security Software makers.

1 – Computer Crime Investigator

This is one of the most glamorous information security jobs as the job holder assists police and forensic investigators with crimes involving computers or with aspects of a criminal investigation involving computers. The computer crime investigator uses advanced technologies to analyze evidence. They will also help law enforcement officials in recovering deleted, hidden or encrypted data from a hard drive which may be of value to an ongoing investigation. It’s also very probable that security clearance will be required if you want to become a Computer Crime Investigator.

Where to look for a job: Law enforcement agencies, Information Security consultancy companies.

Do you agree with my choice? What’s the coolest job for you? Please share your opinion in the comments below!

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  1. Brandon says:

    As an IT Security Architect I can say that being a Security architect is pretty cool.

  2. Ruchi J. says:

    nice blog

  3. pmp says:

    really cool one.

  4. kea says:

    Hey Adriano,

    Great posts. I would like to reference your blog posts and comments as part of a presentation I am doing for a local high school career symposium. This is a field of opportunity that we need to get our Next Gen’s in front of! : )

  5. ashwini says:

    Superb blog…Paramount beneficial to a fresher looking out in this field.

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  7. Thank you for a great post

  8. Rubye Thebeau says:

    Enjoyed reading this post, thanks 😉

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  15. Elvis says:

    Strategy roles such as portfolio/product management really are not a fun place to be right now. The market already has all the technology it can afford (e.g. FW, IPS, AV) and technologies that seem cool (e.g. anomaly detection) have flopped in the marketplace.

    The forces on the industry are to reduce costs and to reduce complexity by folding multiple security functions into fewer devices. There is room for innovation but not really the fun kind.

    I guess there may be some innovative technology incubating out there right now (e.g. botnet detection) but I doubt anyone outside of core federal gov’t has the money or will to buy it.

  16. Dating Guru says:

    Man, i hope my blog is this good some day! 🙂 haha!

  17. Chick Magnet says:

    I pray that someday I will have a blog as good as yours! 🙂

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  20. A.J. says:

    I see a new type of information profession who is able to morph into each of these roles, seamlessly and effortlessly. Seems if you have the technical background, one could be involved in project management, information security, network security (systems engineering), among others. The new information professional is aware of and perhaps trained in more than one area, so I really see the job titles as arbitrary upon the organization. What do you think?

  21. Glen Daniel says:

    Security Metrics Analyst/Expert

    It’s a fairly new trend but with the government getting more involved in regulating IT Security I expect demand for experts in Security Metrics will grow significantly in the near future. Even without government involvement many companies are beginning to recognize the need for a dedicated expert in metrics who can provide objective measures of security effectiveness; in particular how well the company’s security tools, processes, and policies are supporting the business.

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  23. Andy Barratt says:

    I’d agree with what Chris Wren has put, and I think it might also be worth noting that most of the jobs listed are IT Security, and not Information security.

    How about :- Security Assesor?

    If you like travelling the world a job in security assesment / management system auditing can be pretty cool.

  24. Christopher Wren says:

    @Pauli it all depends what your definition of cool is….. cool is what ever has my interest an any given time.

    Relying on the media to determin what is and isn’t cool (forensic investigator), just shows how easily you can be manipulated.

    Being your own person is what will make you cool, sometimes that will be in line with the heard and sometimes you have to stand out by yourself.

  25. Pauli Wihuri says:

    @chris: you forgot that coolness and real value are not the same thing 🙂 anyway, can really relate to you list and would add:
    Portfolio management
    Program management
    Product management
    Strategy..
    ..you name it all key IT roles.. 🙂

  26. Chris Wren says:

    Business Continuity
    Compliance Management
    Risk Management
    Process Development
    Data Managment
    Business Analyst
    Solutions Architect
    Incident Managment
    Supply Chain Managment

    These might not all scream out as InfoSec roles but this is where InfoSec gets really interesting, it is how it relates and improves the business. Identifying opportunites and the level of risk, is what really makes a diffrence to the bottom line.

    InfoSec is not just geeks fiddling with technology and you need to be able to imagin the larger impact that InfoSec can have on the whole of the business.

    You might not see it now but this is far more exciting than analysing packet dumps or going through Encase logs looking for kiddie porn.

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